by Andrew Carey
A judge has directed a jury at Limerick Circuit Court to find a motorist not guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of a motorcyclist two years ago.
Krzysztof Adamczyk (29) of Ard Aulin, Mungret Co Limerick was charged with manoeuvring his car in a dangerous fashion when he emerged into the pathway of a motorbike driven by Gary McInerney. Originally from Woodview in Limerick city, the 37-year-old motorcyclist was living at Shoreside, Ballina, Co Tipperary at the time of his death.
Judge Carroll Moran said he was acceding to a defence application by directing the jury to return a not guilty verdict as there was no case to be met. He said the driving of the motorcyclist could be considered by the jury and, taking into account the evidence of a number of independent witnesses, they would have to come to the view that Gary McInerney was “going too fast.”
He said the conduct of Krzysztof Adamczyk fell short of the definition of dangerous driving and that the case could only have added to the appalling trauma that family and friends of Gary McInerney, a father of two, had already suffered as a result of his loss.
He offered his condolences to Mr McInerney’s family and friends, stating that they were “very upset, crying and angry” at his judgement.
During the opening day of the trial, the jury of six men and six women were shown the CCTV from the crash on October 16, 2010.
A camera positioned in the Kilmurray halting site captured the footage of Mr Adamczyk turning his car across a lane of outbound traffic and the motorbike crashing into the side of the car.