Verdicts of homicide were returned by a coroner yesterday at inquests into the deaths of two young friends who died in a road traffic accident in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, over four years ago.
The Coroner for Mayo, Pat O’Connor said he was returning the homicide verdicts in light of the fact that the driver of the death crash vehicle had pleaded guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing death and is now serving a six-year prison sentence.
Orla O’Malley, an eighteen year old trainee nurse, who lived at Cross, Co. Mayo, and Sean Thomas Halloran (20), Clonbur, Co. Galway, were killed in the single vehicle impact in June 2017.
At a sitting of the Circuit Criminal Court last July, Francis Carr (23), Cappaghduff, Tourmakeady, the driver of the car, which crashed into a concrete block wall and a pillar, was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from driving for twenty years.
At today’s inquests in Swinford into the deaths of Ms O’Malley and Mr. Halloran evidence was given by a pathologist that both died from multiple injuries.
The hearing was told that a number of Orla O’Malley’s vital organs had been harvested for transplant.
Garda Superintendent Joe McKenna, on his own behalf and that of Sergeant Margaret O’Connor and Garda Georgina Gallagher, paid tribute to both of the deceased.
He described Orla as “a beautiful young lady” with a bright future who came from a loving family.
Supt McKenna said the fact that organs were donated illustrated the generosity and fortitude of the O’Malley family.
He went on to describe Thomas Halloran as a gentleman by all accounts and a dedicated and enthusiastic farmer.
Coroner O’Connor led the expressions of sympathy to the O’Malley and Halloran families and paid tribute to the first responders and Gardai who dealt with the terrible tragedy and it’s aftermath.