Drink-driver was showing off when 'good Samaritan' was killed in road accident

Drink-driver was showing off when 'good Samaritan' was killed in road accident

A disqualified driver has been jailed for six and half years after he killed a "good Samaritan" while drink driving.

Witnesses stated that 29-year-old Desmond Collopy of Landen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, was showing off and jerking the steering wheel before he struck 50-year-old Eamon Cronin.

Mr Cronin, a bank official, had just crossed the road to try and break up a fight - and was almost on the footpath when he was hit.

Desmond Collopy, who had six ongoing disqualifications orders over him at the time, never stopped at the scene.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing death at North Street, Swords on August 16, 2014.

Mr Cronin's widow, Jane Fitzsimons told the court that her life changed forever that night.

Mr Cronin's brother Sean said Collopy was clearly a man who had gone down the wrong road in life - and he would pray for him and his family.


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