Sentence due for driver who fatally knocked down cyclist Eugene Maher

Sentence due for driver who fatally knocked down cyclist Eugene Maher
Christopher Coleman

A man who knocked down and killed a cyclist in Dublin will be sentenced today.

Christopher Coleman of Reuben Street in Dublin 8 was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Eugene Maher.

On June 30 last year, Christopher Coleman drove at speed up the bus lane of a busy Dublin junction.

He left the scene after knocking 62-year-old Eugene Maher off his bike when he broke a red light. Mr Maher was flung from his bike and suffered a fatal head injury.

Last week the court heard Eugene's wife Marie's victim impact statement, who spoke of how she held her husband’s hand and tried to comfort him in hospital after the crash.

She said she cried like a baby when his coffin came through their front door a few weeks later and described life without him as meaningless.

Mr Coleman was disqualified at the time of the collision and was driving his friends around because he was the only one of the group who had not been drinking.

He left the scene and abandoned the car nearby, something that he said still fills him with shame.

The 27-year-old is due to be sentenced today.

Read: Life 'meaningless' for woman who lost her husband after he was hit by dangerous driver


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