Man fined €1,250 for careless driving in fatal crash
A farmer who ran over an elderly German tourist with his 1980- registered tractor at one of the country’s best-known tourist spots was fined €1,250 yesterday.
At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys said that banning John Boyce (57), Moyhill, Cratloe, Co Clare, a father of two, from driving would be akin to taking tools from a tradesman.
At the court earlier last month, a jury unanimously found Boyce guilty of careless driving relating to the fatal crash of his Massey Ferguson tractor into Inge Schmidt (76) at a pedestrian crossing at Low Road, Bunratty, on October 29th, 2010.
Boyce was tried on the charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Ms Schmidt but the jury unanimously cleared him of that.
At the sentencing hearing yesterday, Judge Keys said there were a number of aggravating factors.
These included the condition of Boyce’s tractor, in that the tractor had no wipers on a rainy day, and that Ms Schmidt was crossing a well-signed pedestrian crossing on a straight stretch of road.
The pedestrian crossing had beacons in operation and Boyce said he did not see Ms Schmidt at all, despite a motorist travelling behind him who said that she did see her crossing the road and could not understand why he did not stop.
Judge Keys ordered that Mr Boyce could not drive the tractor that was involved in the crash until all of its faults were corrected to the satisfaction of gardaí.