UK news Co Antrim man whose careless driving caused crash which left two women with life-changing injuries jailed last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - A Co Antrim man whose careless driving caused a crash at a roundabout which left two young women with permanent and life-changing injuries has been jailed.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "A Co Antrim man whose careless driving caused a crash at a roundabout which left two young women with permanent and life-changing injuries has been jailed. Tiarnan Looney was handed a sentence of two years and two months — divided equally between prison and licence — at Belfast Crown Court.Judge Stephen Fowler QC said that while he accepted Looney (21), from Victoria Road in Larne, was remorseful for the injuries he caused the two women — one is his cousin — it was his driving on the main Belfast to Larne road that resulted in the “horrific accident”.The two women sustained serious back wounds after the Vauxhall Corsa they were in crashed into the island at the Houston’s Corner roundabout on the A8 in the early hours of January 9, 2019.Crown barrister Robin Steer said Looney picked his cousin and her friend up from Belfast around 3am and was driving back to Larne when the collision occurred.Both girls fell asleep in the back seat, but woke up due to Looney’s driving at the Sandyknowes roundabout. Looney was driving so fast that one girl was jolted to the side, while the other was woken by Looney’s front seat passenger telling him to slow down.The girls went back to sleep, but were both woken again — this time by the car hitting the island at the Houston’s Corner roundabout.Mr Steer said one was woken by a bang and with the car rolling in the air. She recalled being in instant pain after being helped from the car and of passing out at a grass verge.She suffered fractures to her vertebrae which required rods and plates, a broken finger, a bruised kidney and a wound to her ear. She was a care worker before the collision but cannot now work due to constant pain.Her friend recalled being woken by the collision and being upside down in the car. She was also helped from the car, and remembered Looney crying and telling her he was sorry.
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.She sustained two broken bones in her back which required spinal rods and screws. She was training to work as a care home manager and has been left with significant back pain.Mr Steer said that when police arrived, they saw the Corsa in the middle of the island. Looney was arrested, and gave a pre-prepared statement at interview.He stated he was not speeding, that he had taken his eyes off the road for one to two seconds to change the radio station and when he looked up, he saw the roundabout ahead but had no time to take evasive action.The prosecutor added that Looney “failed to heed warnings from his fellow passengers about his speed” just before the collision, at the Sandyknowes roundabout.It emerged that Looney was also charged with aggravated vehicle taking, causing damage to another vehicle, seven months after the A8 collision. On this occasion, he took his mother’s car without her permission and crashed into a parked car giving his friend a lift home.Defence barrister Frank O’Donohogue spoke of his client’s “unequivocal and unconditional remorse for what happened” and was “truly sorry” for the women’s injuries.As he sentenced Looney, Judge Fowler said that whilst he accepted Looney was remorseful and will have to live with what he had done, he also displayed “sheer stupidity” for taking his mother’s car without permission and crashing it seven months after the A8 incident.Judge Fowler imposed the sentence and said the injuries caused to the two young women were so serious that he would not suspend it. He sent Looney to jail and also banned him from driving for two-and-a-half years."
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