Jury begin deliberations in case of woman charged with careless driving causing death in Scartaglin

The jury has begun deliberations in the case of a young woman charged with careless driving causing death in Scartaglin.

14-year-old Caitlin Taylor of Gouldshill, Mallow died in the single vehicle collision on the 15th of June 2014 at Knockeenahone.

The driver of the car, 25-year-old Sarah O’Connell of 44 Seán Moylan Park, Mallow, Cork denies the charge; she’s on trial at Tralee Circuit Court.

The court has heard Sarah O’Connell, who had a learner permit for eight months at the time of the crash, didn’t have an accompanying qualified driver with her.
The late 14-year-old Caitlin Taylor was a front seat passenger in the car, neither she nor the accused were wearing seatbelts.
Ms Taylor was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
Ms O’Connell’s then 18-month-old daughter was strapped in in the rear of the Toyota Yaris car and was uninjured.
It’s alleged Ms O’Connell had a momentary lapse of concentration; the car crossed onto the opposite side of the road on a bend before entering a field and somersaulting.
Judge Eoin Garavan told the jury to leave sympathy at the door for deliberating, saying they have to apply the facts and not let emotions and feelings come into it too much.
He noted that nothing can be drawn from the accused not giving evidence in the case, saying there’s a presumption of innocence.
The judge concluded his charge to the jury at 12.45, before sending the jury of six men and five women to begin their deliberations.