Bin lorry driver not guilty of dangerous driving causing death

Thursday 02 May 2013 23.36
Alex McDaid has been found not guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Patrick McDonagh
Alex McDaid has been found not guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Patrick McDonagh

The jury in the trial of a bin lorry driver charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a three-year-old boy has found him not guilty.

Alex McDaid, 60, from Bomany, Letterkenny had denied the charge, which related to the death of Patrick McDonagh outside his home at Ballymacool in February 2010.

The little boy ran after a ball into the path of the bin lorry which Mr McDaid was reversing up the street at the time.

Mr McDaid was fined €100 for not having a driving licence at the time of the accident, a charge he had admitted.

His barrister said that Mr McDaid has not driven any vehicle since the accident.

He did not maintain his job as a bin lorry driver because the accident had had such a profound effect on him, he added.

He said that Mr McDaid "lives with this every day of his life".