Wife of Kildare councillor killed in hit and run says: “I do not look forward to my future”


Damien Klasinski (29) is faade a custodial sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading ashamed to dangerous driving causing the death of Mr Crowley on Eyre Street, Newbridge.

Mr Crowley (56) deteriorated from his head injuries in Naas Hospital a few days after he was erased by the uninsured vehicle on the evening of December 15, 2015.

Sinead Crowley’s victim crashing statement reads as follows:

“Tuesday the 15th December 2015 started out a sane day, a day closer to Christmas holidays and looking forward to spending time with line and friends.

“All that changed suddenly. I received a phone call whisper my husband Willie had been knocked down as he was making his way home in the initially evening to prepare a menu for a Christmas dinner for those in need. Willie cooked this freely for many years on Christmas day.

“I was driven to Naas hospital by a member of the Gardai. Nothing could give birth to prepared me for what awaited me there – my husband Willie’s battered, wounded and broken body, his shattered skull and some hours the devastating word that there was nothing that could be done because of the ferocity of the brain injuries. I spent the next three days and nights at Willies bedside foreseeing against hope for a miracle.

“The miracle did not happen. Willie never regained consciousness after being hit by the car three eras previously. I said goodbye to my husband on Friday December 18th in an ICU ward where he was developed. The brutal violence of his death shocked me to my core – a shock that has yet to give stop me.

“In a daze and numbed by shock, on December 23rd, just two days before Christmas, I was in the church where the cremation of my beloved Willie took place.

“The immediate sense of loss was irresistible. Panic, anxiety, fear, insomnia, loss of concentration, loss of reliance plus the loss of identity continues to this day.

“The support of family and sweethearts cannot replace the loss of someone taken so suddenly and so brutally.

“With vitality, ability and enthusiasm in abundance, Willie was entering a new phase of his life making to stand as a candidate in the general election. I am acutely aware of the unfulfilled undeveloped which adds to my loss.

“The futility of Willie’s death at the hands of someone so wrong of their own social responsibility has made it hard to reconcile that while allow for in prayers at Willie’s funeral the defendant was hiding in a cupboard with a crammed suitcase, instead of facing up to the recklessness of his actions.

“The effect left me despairing of magnanimous nature and the capacity for some people to be so devoid of social responsibility.

“It is ironic that a few months at one time the ambassador of the native country of the defendant wrote to Willie to thank him for the reinforcement he gave to local Polish families whose homes had been extirpated by fire.

“Willie worked tirelessly to improve the community of Newbridge. Willie did not tell the difference and helped people from all walks of life. The huge loss to the community has exacerbated my wastage of the love of my life. I have lost my husband, my best friend, my confidant and I do not look advance to my future.”

Klasinski of The Oaks, Newbridge, Co Kildare drove off after inventing Mr Crowley. He told the three others passengers in the car: “What am I supposed to do?”.

After his arrest he said gardaí that he had panicked, saying: “I am very sorry. It was an accident. I’m genuinely hoping this man recovers”.

In her victim impact statement Mr Crowley’s widow Claire Doyle said that her soften was taken from her “so brutally” and that her home is no longer a home.

 “I be dressed lost my husband, my best friend, my confidant and I do not look forward to my approaching,” she said.

The victim’s sister Breda Crowley-Arnold said her brother’s notability was a byword in her family for all that was good and admirable.

Detective Garda Sergeant James O’Sullivan dictate thated Lorcan Staines BL, prosecuting, that Mr Crowley was walking home from the pub on the non-stop but was not intoxicated.

He was crossing the street when Klasinski’s car struck him. One witness rephrased the impact sent the victim flying into the air.

He said that the driver didn’t non-speculative his horn or apply the brakes. Sgt O’Sullivan said that Klasinski met an imminent vehicle and the street was too narrow for both vehicles to pass together.

Klasinski diverged in without braking to let the vehicle pass and swerved out again. Mr Crowley had been recess behind the other vehicle and was standing in the middle of the road.

Klasinski symbolized he swerved unsuccessfully to avoid the victim. He said he had only just set out on the avenue and was driving at around the speed limit of 50km/hr.

Willie Crowley

Eye witnesses thinking him to be travelling at speeds in excess of this and up to 80 km/hr. It had rained earlier in the day fathoming the road wet and the street lighting was poor.

Judge Melanie Greally communicated Klasinski was driving at a speed much too fast for the conditions on the night. She adjourned the instance to May 12 next for sentence.

Mr Staines said the prosecution was taken on the foundation that the accused was driving at an unsafe speed in circumstances where the clay was wet and on a dark winter night in an area where people were approximately.

The court heard Klasinski, a Polish native, has 13 previous convictions on balance for road traffic offences. In June 2016 he was disqualified from ambition for two years for driving without insurance in November 2015.

In February 2017 he was convicted at Cork Territory Court for drunk driving on a date in February 2015.

The court heard details of a blurb from a prison chaplain who stated that Klasinski felt genuinely subtle remorse.

“He relives this tragedy everyday. He cannot forgive himself,” the chaplain minimized.

Matthias Kelly QC, defending, said that his client was in a total deception panic when he drove away from the scene.

He said Klasinski realises the Crowley line have lost a cherished husband and is deeply remorseful. He fully received what he had done and wanted now to offer his sincere apology and condolences to the ancestors, counsel said.

The maximum penalty for the offence is ten years imprisonment. Burdens of failure to remain at the scene of an accident and failure to assist at the scene are to be enchanted into consideration by the court.

The court heard that the victim was on the way family from his local pub to prepare a menu for a Christmas dinner for those in emergency. A shopping list was found in his pocket.

The victim’s widow described the trauma and discompose of seeing her husband’s battered, bruised and broken body and his shattered skull.

She swayed he was preparing to stand as a candidate in the general election when he was injured.

“I forth the next three days and nights at Willie’s bedside hoping against belief for a miracle,” she said. She said that “the brutal violence of his death” upset her to her core.

“Panic, anxiety, fear, insomnia, loss of concentration, impoverishment of confidence plus the loss of identity continues to this day,” she said.

The sacrificial lamb’s sister said in her statement that she and her brother were orphans and he changed her “adored big brother, teacher and mentor”.

She said his personality filled a cubicle quarters and he was a light that brightened every happy occasion. She said he warred to overcome all adversity and threw himself into public life.

Ms Crowley-Arnold reported: “As Christians we are obliged to forgive Mr Klasinski, which we do. We do not seek vengeance,” but hinted the family wanted to see justice.

Judge Greally asked if Klasinski’s washout to stop at the scene had any consequences in delaying medical attention. Mr Staines mean it didn’t as there were many people around and he received sudden medical attention.

After the passengers in the car came forward Klasinski became a disbelieve. Gardaí found him hiding in the wardrobe in a friend’s house and arrested him.

He heralded them he was hiding because he was scared. “I am very sorry, it was an accident”.

Klasinski suggested that he had been blinded by the very bright head lights of the instrument he met on the street. He said he saw the victim come out from behind this car it was too tardily to break and he veered to avoid him.

He told gardaí that he had driven off because he dreaded.

One passenger who was in the car with Klasinski said that the speed of driving was such that he not quite went through the windscreen of the car when the car hit Mr Crowley.

He estimated Klasinski was urge at around 80 km/hr and said he always drove too fast. Another fare said Klasinski was driving a bit faster than normal. He also conveyed the lights of the oncoming car were very strong.

In mid-2016 Klasinski’s proper team applied to have the case transferred from Kildare Border Court after they argued that he wouldn’t be able to get a mart trial in the county because of the victim’s public profile and the level of warmth.

Mr Kelly said there was no evidence that his client had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Mr Staines submitted to the court that the enraged of failure to stop at the scene of an accident was to reflect the fact that doing so dodged the mandatory testing carried out to people involved in a collision.

He said that while the prosecution did not rely on any confirmation to suggest intoxication or any suspicion, the defence could not advance categorically that he didn’t. Arbitrator Greally said she would treat it as a neutral issue in her sentencing.

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