Man (103) has careless driving case struck out on age grounds

Woman injured after traffic accident involving Jack Hannigan in Co Donegal

Jack Hannigan was involved in a traffic accident at Main Street in Stranorlar, Co Donegal on July 10th last year. Photograph:

Jack Hannigan was involved in a traffic accident at Main Street in Stranorlar, Co Donegal on July 10th last year. Photograph:

 

A judge has struck out the case of a man charged with careless driving after hearing he was 102-years-old at the time of the crash.

Jack Hannigan was involved in a traffic accident at Main Street in Stranorlar, Co Donegal on July 10th last year.

The court heard that Mr Hannigan had never been involved in a traffic accident in his decades of driving.

A rather surprised Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Hannigan’s solicitor, Phyllis McRory, if he was correct in thinking that her client was almost 104 years old.

Ms McRory said this was indeed the case and that he had never appeared in court before.

However, the solicitor said that her client was now no longer behind the wheel.

Letterkenny District Court was told that Mr Hannigan, of Main Street Stranorlar, was charged with careless driving.

One female pedestrian was injured in the incident outside Stranorlar church.

Ms McRory asked Judge Kelly if, considering Mr Hannigan’s exemplary driving record, he would consider allowing the matter to be dealt with in the civil court.

“He has driven all his life, day and night and he has no convictions at all.

“The insurance company is now dealing with the matter.

“Would the court consider allowing the civil court to deal with the matter?” she asked.

Judge Paul Kelly said that considering Mr Hannigan had not come before the court in more than a hundred years, he would strike the case out.