Woman to go on trial for baby death crash

Woman to go on trial for baby death crash

A woman accused of killing a baby in a car crash was committed for Crown Court trial on Tuesday.

Appearing at Antrim Magistrates' Court, a clearly emotional Natasha Irish, 33, confirmed that she understood the single charge against her.Irish, from Crosshill Grove, Aldergrove, Crumlin, is accused of causing the death of the one-year-old by careless driving on the Dublin Road in Antrim on 24 September 2012.The one car collision happened shortly after 9.45am on the outskirts of Antrim. The baby was rushed to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, but tragically died from her injuries.Irish, a woman and another child were also treated for minor injuries.Although no facts of the case were opened on Tuesday, it is understood that Irish was a friend of the baby's mother.A prosecution lawyer submitted there was a Prima Facie case to answer on the papers and Irish's solicitor did not make any contrary submissions.Irish did not object to the Preliminary Enquiry and declined to either give evidence herself or call any evidence on her own behalf.District Judge Alan White said he was satisfied Irish had a case to answer and committed her to the Crown Court for trial.Releasing Irish on her own bail of £500, the judge adjourned the case to 18 March for arraignment at Antrim Crown Court.


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