Polish ambulance driver pleads not guilty to dangerous driving

Galway Bay fm newsroom – An ambulance driver has gone on trial charged with dangerous driving which caused the death of an elderly patient he was transporting from Mayo to Galway two years ago.
Polish national, 34 year-old Grzegorz Kolek, of 153 Rahylin Glebe, Ballybane, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
He pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving at Headford Road, Galway on November 8th, 2012, which caused the death of Bridget Kelly two days later.
Prosecuting barrister, Conor Fahy, told the court an ambulance driven by the accused veered in over a kerb, into a grass margin and travelled for 21.5 metres before hitting a telegraph pole and turning over on its side, on a straight stretch of road near Ballindooley on the Headford Road.
Bridget Kelly, a patient in her 90’s from St. Brendan’s Nursing Home in Mulranney, who was in the back of the ambulance, subsequently died two days later from complications arising from minor injuries she sustained in the collision and from other underlying conditions.
A jury of five women and seven men was empanelled to hear evidence in the trial which is expected to last two to three days.