A teenager has appeared in court in connection with the death of a 16-year-old girl who died when the car she was the front passenger in crashed just 50 yards from her family home in Cork city earlier this year.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, was charged by gardaí with a total of nine motoring offences following the death of Kimberly O'Connor, who died on 19 February last in the crash on Harbour View Road in Knocknaheeny.
The teenager appeared yesterday before Judge Olann Kelleher at a vacation sitting of Cork District Court.
He was charged with one offence of dangerous driving causing the death of Kimberley O'Connor and serious bodily injury to another passenger in the car, 19-year-old Christopher Dowdall, on 19 February 2020.
He was also charged with four offences of failing to stop, failing to remain at the scene, failing to report an occurence and failing to give appropriate information, all relating to the crash.
And he was also charged with driving without a driving licence, failing to produce a driving licence, driving without insurance and failing to produce an insurance certificate, all on the same occasion.
The court heard evidence of arrest, charge and caution and was told that the teenager made no reply to any of the nine charges when they were put to him after caution.
Gardaí said they had no objection to bail, subject to a number of conditions.
The teenager is to reside at his home address and keep a curfew there between 9pm and 7am in the morning. He is also not to consume any intoxicants and sign on twice a week at Gurranabraher Garda Station.
Gardaí also asked the court that it would be a condition of his bail that the teenager would have no direct or indirect contact, including via social media, with the family of the late Kimberley O'Connor, and that he would undertake not to drive any car or mechanically propelled vehicle as part of the bail conditions.
Judge Kelleher asked the teenager, who was accompanied in court by his mother and two of his grandparents, if he understood the bail terms and warned him that if he was seen by gardaí driving a car or breaching any of the bail terms, he risked being put into custody.
The court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that the matter be dealt with on indictment before a judge and jury at Circuit Court level.
Solicitor Emma Leahy said her client understood the bail terms and was consenting to a long remand.
An application for Free Legal Aid was granted by Judge Kelleher after he was told the teenager is working on a part-time basis.