Fatal crash driver jailed

A DISTRAUGHT mother has said that the imprisonment of the driver who caused her son's death gave her “no pleasure”.

Eleanor Callaghan was speaking shortly after a man, convicted of dangerous driving causing death, received a four year prison sentence at Cavan Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday last.

Aidan Quinn (28) of Corbally Road, Fintona, pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle in a dangerous manner causing the death of Gareth Wilson, Crotty Road, Omagh, on July 31, 2016.

The mother of the young man who died in the horrific accident in Cootehill in the summer of 2016 welcomed the driving ban which was also imposed: “I think that the 30 years [driving ban] is great. That's the best thing, him going to jail that is not something that we want to see. It doesn't give us pleasure, but he needs to be put off the road.”

The father of the deceased, Lewis Wilson, felt the custodial sentence was appropriate. “I am happy to see that he goes to jail for what he done,” he said.

Gareth Wilson lost his life in the crash at Station Road, Cootehill, County Cavan. He and another passenger were being driven by Aidan Quinn to Carrickmacross to attend a music festival. They stopped shortly before this at a pub in Cootehill. Quinn admitted drinking alcohol, but there was no forensic evidence of the extent of intoxication.

A witness account said he had been drinking a bottle of beer, while driving at speed, prior to the crash.

Garda Adrian Ivers arrived at the scene at 5.57pm. Adrian Quinn admitted he was the driver of the car. Conditions were dry, bright and warm and there were no skid marks on the road.

Garda Ivers described how the Mitsubishi Evo was “embedded” in the stone wall after it hit a cage holding gas cannisters. He said Quinn was agitated and had cuts to his face.

Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution.

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