Sentence welcomed for causing the death by careless driving of a man in 2018

  • 06 May 2022

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Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Collision Investigation Unit have welcomed the sentence handed down to a 22-year-old man for causing the death by careless driving of a man, aged in his 50’s, in 2018. 

Bliain O’Connor from Londonderry pleaded guilty in March this year and was sentenced at Londonderry Crown Court today (Friday 6th May) to 20 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 3 years.

Eamonn McCafferty was 58 years old when he died after being struck by a blue Hyundai i10 car, driven by Mr O’Connor, as he walked along the Foreglen Road in Claudy with his wife in the early hours of Saturday 18th August 2018.

Sergeant Joanne Boyd said: “Today’s sentence handed down to Mr O’Connor is welcome, but will not ease the pain and loss for Eamonn’s family and friends. Mr O’Connor, who was 18 years old at the time of the collision, and an ‘R’ plate driver restricted to 45mph, was found to have been driving his car in excess of 90 miles per hour seconds before the tragic collision occurred. No-one should be travelling on our roads at these speeds let alone an inexperienced young driver in what was a completely avoidable situation.  Our thoughts today remain with the family of Eamonn.”

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