Man charged over Clonmany road deaths

A 22-year-old Buncrana man has been charged in relation to a crash that claimed the lives of eight people last year.

A 22-year-old Buncrana man has been charged in relation to a crash that claimed the lives of eight people last year.

Shaun Kelly, was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision, which happened at Meenaduff on the main Clonmnay to Buncrana Road

at 10.40pm on Sunday, July 11, 2010.

The crash is the worst single road accident on record in the history of the state. Those who died were Hugh Friel, 66, from Dunaff, Urris, who was driving home from bingo in Buncrana, and all the passengers in Mr Kelly’s Volkswagen Passat: Mark McLaughlin (21) of Fahan; James McEleney (23) of Clonmany; Paul Doherty (19) of Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19) of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21) of Rockstown, Burnfoot; Eamon McDaid (22) of Ballymagan, Buncrana; and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana. All were killed instantly.

Mr Kelly was arrested this morning (Thursday) and appeared before Buncrana District Court where he was charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death.

His solicitor said that, because of the injuries he suffered in the crash, he did not pose a flight risk.

He was released on bail and is to appear again before Buncrana Court on 8 December.