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Garda Pleads Guilty To Causing Fatal Crash In Kinnegad

He has been remanded on bail until the hearing next month.

A Garda has pleaded guilty  to causing a road crash which claimed the life of a 51 year old widow near Kinnegad four years ago.

Patrick McDonnell with an address at Corofin Co Galway pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving on 13th February 2016 on the M4 motorway at Rossan Kinnegad thereby causing the death of Jacqueline Wolohan.

The defendant who had previously denied the charge entered his guilty plea shortly before his trial was due to get underway at Trim Circuit Court.

Judge Martina Baxter remanded McDonnell on bail and adjourned the case to 11th March.

Judge Baxter also directed that a victim impact statement from the dead woman's family be prepared in the meantime.

Jacqueline Wolohan was returning to her home in Kilmore Coolock Dublin from Longford when the crash involving her blue Nissan Micra and the defendant's Opel Astra occurred.

Three passengers in her car including her teenage son Andrew were injured.

The victim was recalled as a 'funny special and beautiful character ' by her daughter Sarah Wolohan in a tribute on Facebook at the time.

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