Kildare man charged with careless driving causing death of Sallins teenager

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Kildare man charged with careless driving causing death of Sallins teenager

Naas Courthouse

 A Co. Kildare man has been charged with careless driving causing the death of a Sallins teenager in 2017.

William Nelson (47) with an address listed as 17 Sallins Bridge, Sallins appeared before Naas District Court on Thursday, November 1.

On November 27, 2017 at Clane Road, Castlesize, Sallins, 16-year-old Dane Loakman was crossing the road to get a bus to Youthreach when he was allegedly knocked down by a van.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said the incident was tragic but very serious.

The court heard the teenager died not too long after the incident.

Sergeant Paul Reilly said it is a “complex incident” and that Mr. Nelson was fully cooperative from the start of the investigation, and there was no state objections to bail. Sgt Reilly said the family of the deceased are aware of the court proceedings.

Solicitor Matthew Byrne said it was a “tragic accident”.

Mr. Byrne requested legal aid be assigned as his client is on the low-end pay scale working as a plumber, earning approximately €500 a week. The court heard he also has an 11-year-old son with spina bifida, and he is not long off the FÁS scheme.

Mr. Nelson will appear back in court on January 23, 2018 for the Book of Evidence to be served.