The late Orla O'Reilly.
The driver of a car which was involved in a collision which killed himself and another driver was four and a half times over the legal drink driving limit, an inquest has heard.
Kevin McClintock (32) of Dundrean Park Galliagh, Derry and Orla O’Reilly (34) of Meadow Gate House, Carnamoyle, Muff died in a head-on collision at Killyverry, Newtowncunningham on November 13th, 2015.
The inquests into the deaths heard that
The Honda Accord driven by
The inquest heard that the damage to both cars was catastrophic.
The jury of five men and two women returned verdicts of death by misadventure in both cases.
Adrian McLaughlin from Letterkenny said he had been driving from
The Honda collided with
A doctor who attended the scene pronounced
James McKinney, Orla O’Reilly’s fiance, said he and Orla had been in Buncrana that morning to meet a journalist from the Derry Journal about a project Orla was doing in her job with the Donegal Youth Services.
Orla was supposed to go to the gym but she
He said he later saw on Facebook that there had been an accident on the road and saw a photograph of a car which he thought was Orla’s.
Gardaí came to his home to notify him of the accident and he then identified her body at Letterkenny University Hospital.
Garda Fintan Smith said that due to CCTV footage of the car and the statement of a witness who saw the car just before the accident, gardaí had concluded Kevin McClintock was driving.
Garda Damien Mulkearns, a public service vehicle inspector for the Donegal Garda division, said the driver’s and front passenger in the Honda were locked in the rest position.The driver’s seatbelt in the Skoda had been in use, he said.
Garda Gerard McCauley, a forensic collision examiner, said weather conditions were wet and bright and there was excellent visibility.
Garda McCauley said the Honda came over an easy right-hand bend, lost control and began to rotate clockwise and slid across the road.
It then collided with the front driver’s corner of the Skoda.
The road surface was in excellent condition and the road was wide. No substances were found on the road surface that could have contributed to the collision and a skid test found the road grip to be normal
He said damage to both cars was catastrophic.The entire front of the Soda had been demolished and the Honda had split in two with the rear section lying 60
The collision occurred on the incorrect side of the road for the Honda. Garda McCauley said the position of the Skoda meant the driver could not see traffic coming around the bend and the collision was unavoidable for the driver of the Skoda.
The garda said there was no skid marks or CCTV footage to determine the speed but he said the speed of the collision was great due to the sheer amount of damage.
Garda McCauley said the impact was “massive” and “everyone and everything” in the Honda “was churned and rolled down the road”.
He said the combined speed of impact of the two cars was greater than 200 km per hour.
The speed of the cars could not be determined as there were no brake marks left by Honda or CCTV footage but from the damage caused to the
He said Mc McClintock died instantly from “catastrophic injuries”.
The jury of five men and two women returned a verdict of death by misadventure in the deaths of
In a statement read to media by their solicitor after the inquest had concluded, Orla O’Reilly’s family said their lives had been shattered by her death.
“Orla was a strong promoter of road safety. We, as
“No words can ever describe the grief and devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Orla at such a young age when she, fiancé Jimmy and all her family had so much to look forward to. Orla had so much to do and so much more to give.”