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Father of new mum Nicola Kenny killed in crash urges truckers on long journeys to take rest

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Nicola Kenny

Nicola Kenny

Nicola Kenny

The father of a young woman who was killed in a road accident the day after her daughter's birth has urged drivers to take breaks on long distance journeys in order to prevent fatigue.

Nicola Kenny (26) was killed in September 2016 when a truck driven by a man from Northern Ireland crashed into the car in which she was a passenger along with her mother Ann and aunt Irene Whelan.

The Tipperary woman was on her way to check on her day-old baby daughter, who had been transferred to a Dublin hospital from Clonmel.

The car had pulled into the hard shoulder of the M8 motorway in south Tipperary to take a call from the hospital concerning the health of Nicola's baby, Lily Rose.

The new mother had just heard that her daughter was in good health and ready to be transferred back to a Tipperary hospital when the collision happened.

The truck driver, Ciaran McBride of Tivenmara Road, Carna, Keady, Co Armagh, pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death and serious injury and was given an 18-month prison sentence.

Judge Tom Teehan, who handled the case, said he believed that driver fatigue might have been a contributing factor to the crash.

Paddy Kenny has been raising awareness about the dangers associated with long distance journeys ever since his daughter's death.

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Paddy Kenny

Paddy Kenny

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One's Today With Claire Byrne, Paddy urged long-haul drivers to take extra precaution to avoid tiredness during journeys.

"I have the highest regard for truck drivers, I think they're brilliant with what they do," he said.

"I just plead with them to abide by the rules and make sure that they plan and take their breaks when required."

The devastated family settled a High Court action over Nicola's death earlier this month for €800,000.

Paddy also paid tribute to his beloved daughter four years on from the tragic accident. He added: "Nicola was the best daughter you could have.

"When Nicola came into the house, you didn't need any lights. She lit up everywhere she went.

"She loved life, she lived it to the full."

Belfast Telegraph


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