Castlecove man found not guilty of careless driving causing death

A Castlecove man has been found not guilty of careless driving causing death.
42-year-old Michael O’Mahony of Lackeen, Blackwater, Killarney had pleaded not guilty to careless driving causing death, following a road traffic collision which occurred on the 15th August 2015.
Christopher Humphreys from Castlecove died from injuries sustained in the collision.
Mr O’Mahony was leaving a private roadway in Lackeen, Blackwater, intending to turn westwards on the N70 towards Sneem, while 59-year-old year Christopher Humphries was travelling in the direction of Kenmare.
The court had heard the roadway was busy as it was Fair Day in Kenmare.
Forensic Collision Investigator Garda James O’Brien says there were a number of physical indicators on the roadway following the incident, including gouge marks from metallic levers on the bike and marks left by a skidding back tyre.
He believes neither the accused nor the deceased saw each other until it was too late; the court heard that sightlines were impeded by a curve in the road.
Mr Humphreys died from injuries sustained in the collision, including multiple fractured ribs and lacerations to his veins and internal organs.
The jury of seven men and five women took an hour and a half to return a unanimous not guilty verdict in Tralee Circuit Court this afternoon.
Judge Eoin Garavan told the accused he leaves court the same as when he entered, that as an innocent man.
The judge expressed his condolences to the Humphreys family on their loss.
He then thanked the jury for their service and excused them from duty for a period of five years.