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Motorcycle driver who struck a pedestrian at very high speed gets jailed




A man driving a motorcycle at high speed in an urban area has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for causing serious injuries by hitting a pedestrian.

James Doyle (36), of Thomas Road, Walkinstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm to Emily Doyle on Cromwellsfort Road, Walkinstown on 23 April 2020. He has 47 prior convictions, reports Breaking News.

In sentencing Doyle on Tuesday, Judge Martin Nolan said it was “tragic indeed”” for Ms Doyle and said the evidence showed Doyle was driving at 80 mph in an urban area with a 50 km/h speed limit. The car was driven at a speed of of 50 km/hr.

He said that when Doyle applied the brakes, his speed had dropped to around 110 km/h and that he was driving at around 80 or 90 km/h at the time of the collision with Ms Doyle.

Judge Nolan said that many motorists could face similar charges because “all it take is momentary inattention or lack of concentration,” but noted that Doyle’s driving was “intentional behaviour”, reports Breaking News.

The judge said, “He drove at exceptionally high speed. She was crossing the road, and she thought it was perfectly safe to do so,” reports Breaking News.

In his victim impact statement, the 27-year-old described waking up in the street after being hit and not being able to feel his injuries.

She said that everyone commented that she was lucky and could have been worse.

“It could have been much worse, but it should not have happened in the first place,” she said, reports Breaking News.

The Garda agreed with defense counsel that there had been no display or reckless conduct and that the matter had been expedited. The defendant was fully insured, had a full license and was not in a state of intoxication.

The defendant reiterated the defendant’s apology to the victim. He said that he deeply regretted coming on the bike that day. He admitted during the interview.

Defense counsel asked the court to consider Doyle’s guilty plea and expression of remorse.

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