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Forensic Collision Investigation - Fatal Collision at Cashel, Co.Tipperary on the 12/7/08

Gardaí at Cashel Garda Station responded to a call reporting a road traffic collision nearby on the Clonmel to Cashel road on the evening of 12th July 2008.

When the Gardaí arrived at the scene, they remarked that the area was similar to a bomb site. Two vehicles were involved in the collision, a black Audi A5 and a red Audi TT.

The driver of the red Audi TT was killed and died at the scene. The black Audi A5 landed on a house where a family had gathered to attend a relative’s anniversary mass. The Audi landed in the first story of a house, right under the chimney, a wall collapsed into a kitchen full of people. The first aid kit from the boot of the Audi was found in the attic. This car dropped and landed on a child outside the house. Somebody saw the child’s runner and sock under the car.  There was a forklift in the yard and the family used the forklift to get the car off the child. Six people ended up in hospital.

The Forensic Collision Unit were contacted and Sergeant John Moore and Sergeant Frank Lavin arrived at the scene the following day to start their investigation. They spent 6 hours surveying the scene and gathering evidence and two weeks putting the report and details together. The report established that speed was a major contributing factor in the collision.

The driver of the black Audi pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and serious harm.

On this month’s Crimecall, we highlighted the work of the Forensic Collision Investigators in this collision in Cashel which assisted in convicting the driver of the black Audi with dangerous driving causing death and serious harm.