Limerick woman charged in connection with ‘hit and run’ incident

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Picture Brendan Gleeson

A woman has been remanded in custody after she was charged in connection with a hit and run incident in Limerick City on Sunday morning in which a man was critically injured and three women sustained less serious injuries.

Chloe McNamara, (20), of Sarsfield Gardens, Moyross, Limerick, appeared before Limerick District Court this Monday, charged with four offences arising out of the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Ms McNamara, who wore a hoody over her head and a face mask in court, was charged with three counts of dangerous driving, contrary to Section 53 of the Road Traffic Act.

The incidents of dangerous driving are alleged to have occurred at Cornmarket Row, Carr Street and at a junction between Cornmarket Row and Carr Street.

She is also charged with failing to give assistance to a man, knowing he was injured at Cornmarket Row on Sunday, October 10, contrary to Section 106 of the Road Traffic Act.

Specific details of the case were not disclosed in court.

Garda Patricia McCormack, Henry Street Garda Station, gave evidence of arresting and charging Ms McNamara.

She said she arrested the accused at 9.14pm last Sunday and that she charged her with the four offences at 10.33pm that night.

Garda McCormack said Ms McNamara “made no reply” when charged on Sunday night.

During today’s court hearing, Ms McNamara removed her face mask and smiled at supporters who were seated in the body of the court.

After Garda McCormack said Gardaí would be objecting to bail, Ms McNamara’s solicitor, Sarah Ryan, told the court her client would not be immediately applying for bail.

Sergeant Sean Murray, prosecuting, said that a Garda file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Gardaí were awaiting directions on how the case was to proceed.

Ms Ryan said she would be making an application for bail tomorrow, (Tuesday).

Judge Patricia Harney granted Ms McNamara free legal aid and remanded her in custody to Limerick Prison.

As she was led away from the court, a number of female supporters told her: “See you in a while ‘Chlo’…Love you ‘Chlo’.”