Man (50) charged in connection with fatal Lifford hit and run

July 12, 2021

A MAN has appeared in court charged with road traffic offences relating to a fatal hit and run collision in Donegal.

Letterkenny District Court heard evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of 50-year-old Sean Connaughton, who has an address in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Yesterday, Sunday, July 11, 2021, at 1.47pm Connaughton was arrested on suspicion of a hit and run causing death or serious injury.

Detective Garda Derek Connaughton said the accused made no reply when charged.

Today, at 1.13pm, Gardaí said Connaughton was charged with two related road traffic offences at Townparks, Lifford on July 11, 2021.

The accused appeared in court, but did not speak during the brief hearing before Judge Deirdre Gearty.

Letterkenny courthouse. Pic: Northwest Newspix

At approximately 2:45am on July 11, 2021, Gardaí and emergency services attended at the scene of a traffic collision on the N15 at Townparks, Lifford.

A female pedestrian, named locally as Laura Connolly (34), was taken from the scene by Ambulance to Letterkenny University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. It’s understood the pedestrian was struck by a white van that failed to remain at scene.

A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further directions.

There were no Garda objections to bail, but conditions were requested and granted by Judge Deirdre Gearty.

The matter was adjourned to October 18 and bail was granted on Connaughton’s own bond of €100.