Trial of man accused of dangerous driving causing 8 deaths expected to start on Tuesday

InishowenA man accused of dangerous driving causing eight deaths is expected to go on trial tomorrow.

In May, Judge John O'Hagan told both prosecution and defence that he was making a peremptory order that the trial of Shaun Kelly will start on July 15th at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

Mr Kelly, 24, is charged with the offences outside Clonmany, Co Donegal on July 11, 2010.

Mr Kelly, of Ballymagann, Buncrana, was the driver of the car in which seven of his friends died and the driver of a car coming in the opposite direction was also killed.

In May Judge John O'Hagan said he was aware that the delay in starting the trial created a great deal of discomfort and pain for the families of the eight people who died.


The people who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.