Tralee Circuit Court has heard a man died from blunt force trauma to the chest following a road traffic collision.
42-year-old Michael O’Mahony of Lackeen, Blackwater, Killarney has 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.
Eamonn Hickson reports.
Mr O’Mahony was departing his mother’s home in Lackeen, Blackwater, intending to turn westwards towards Sneem.
59-year-old year Christopher Humphries was travelling in the direction of Kenmare when he became separated from his motorcycle, immediately prior to colliding with the accused’s car.
During garda interviews, the accused said he was edging out onto the main Sneem-Kenmare Road at the time.
He said it’s not the safest junction, however, he’d never had a near miss there.
Investigating gardaí put it to Mr O’Mahony during questioning if he felt his driving contributed to the fatal collision; the accused said no it didn’t and he was happy with his driving at the time.
The accused said he first saw the motorcyclist between 60-90 metres away and that he had come out of the bend “like a shot”.
He added that he knew they were in trouble when Mr Humphreys’ bike kicked out when 20-30 metres away from the car.
Prosecutor Tom Rice read the conclusions of State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster to the court; she stated that Mr Humphries died due to blunt force trauma to the chest, which resulted in multiple rib fractures and lacerations to veins, kidneys, liver and lungs.
The trial continues in Tralee Circuit Court under Judge Eoin Garavan.