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Irish student begs for forgiveness after her driving killed mother and daughter

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 17/02/2017 Galen English

Geraldine and Louise Clancy Geraldine and Louise Clancy Susan Gleeson whose careless driving led to the deaths of a mother and daughter has begged for forgiveness.

Geraldine, 58, and Louise, 22, Clancy died in a tragic road accident that saw their car turn upside down in a flooded dyke.

Both women drowned when they were unable to get out of the car after the accident in 2015.

The student cried as she told a Cork inquest how she would do anything to change what happened.

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The 21-year-old, who had been a learner driver at the time of the accident, apologised to the Clancy family who are her next door neighbours.

‘It all happened in a split second. My initial thought was that it was not a strong impact. I did not fear for my life or the people in the other car,’ she said.

‘I feel so sorry for the Clancy family. I know they are devastated. I wish I could turn back the clock and that this never happened.

‘I would do anything to replace their lives. I feel very guilty. I am devastated at what happened that day. I am attending counselling,’ the Irish Independent reports.

The inquest heard Ms Gleeson, a University of Limerick student, was distracted when she failed to notice a yield sign.

She was handed a 15 year driving ban and three year suspended sentence.

In a heartbreaking twist one of the first on the scene of the accident was Geraldine’s husband Noel Clancy.

He initially didn’t spot the overturned Ford was their family car and he didn’t at first recognise his own wife and daughter.      

It was only when he recognised the license plate that he realised what had happened.

The inquest heard both women drowned in the dyke beside the Kilworth-Fermoy road that had flooded.

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