A man who was driving a tractor involved in a fatal road crash in Co. Longford in 2016, has been found not guilty of careless driving causing death.
Jamie O’Reilly appeared before Longford Circuit Court yesterday, January 24th, facing charges of careless driving causing death and serious bodily harm, after the tractor he was operating was involved in a road collision with a car on July 17th 2016. The 26-year-old denied both charges.
The collision caused the death of then 18-year-old, Joseph Reynolds, who was a passenger in the Toyota Starlet car. The prosecution claimed that Mr. O’Reilly was driving without due care as the flashing amber beacon fitted to the tractor was not in operation, as is the law. They claimed that this was a huge factor in causing the crash.
Although the judge agreed that all tractors operating on public roads should be fitted with flashing amber beacons, the Jury found Mr. O’Reilly not guilty of the charges facing him. He was found guilty of careless driving, a lesser charge.
Sentencing will be held at a later date, where a victim impact statement will be heard.