Tralee man acquitted of careless driving causing death of retired teacher

A 31-year-old Tralee man has been acquitted of careless driving causing the death of a 60-year-old woman over two years ago. Tralee Courthouse3 A jury at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court deliberated for just 34 minutes to reach its decision and find Shane Hannafin of 15 Kerins Park, Tralee not guilty. Members of Shane Hannafin’s family wept as the verdict was read out. The jury had begun its deliberations just before 11am and returned with a verdict after 11.30. Mr Hannafin had denied careless driving causing the death of retired teacher Geraldine Murphy at Manor West on November 18th, 2014. The trial at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard Ms Murphy was dressed in black and wearing a brown fur coat when she was struck by Mr Hannafin’s Volkswagen Passat as he was exiting the carpark near Debenham’s at around 6.30pm. The retired teacher from Presentation Primary, who lived in Ashleigh Downs, was pronounced dead at the scene. The trial heard she had been walking on the roadway and not a footpath when the accident occurred. Twelve pedestrians crossings as well as improved lighting and road markings had since been installed at the shopping centre, the trial heard. Excusing the eight women and four men from jury service for four years, Judge John Hannon said it had been a very sad and difficult case for all involved. He extended his sympathy to Ms Murphy’s family, members of which were in court. The judge said he was sure his expression of sympathy was echoed throughout the court.