Court hears driver suffered lapse of concentration prior to road traffic accident in Farranfore

Tralee Circuit Court has heard a driver suffered a momentary lapse of concentration prior to a road traffic accident.

Evidence was being recounted in the sentencing hearing of Thomas Burke of 17 Slip Heights, Bantry, Co Cork, who had earlier pleaded guilty to careless driving causing serious harm.

The 37-year-old was the driver of a minibus which was involved in a two-vehicle collision at Boulicullane, Farranfore, on the 29th December, 2014.

Tralee Circuit Court heard that Mr Burke was travelling with his wife and a total of seven children through Farranfore, when their vehicle veered across the road.

It collided head-on with the car of an English family of five.

14 ambulances and a helicopter were among the emergency services which treated the occupants of both vehicles, some of whom were seriously injured.

The court heard speed was not a factor and the accused did not have any alcohol taken; the cause of the incident was put down to a momentary lapse of concentration on behalf of Mr Burke.

Judge Tom O’Donnell cited early admissions of guilt among the mitigating factors, before imposing a fully suspended nine-month sentence, along with a mandatory four-year driving disqualification.