Garda recounts events which lead to his colleagues death

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first_img Facebook Garda recounts events which lead to his colleagues death Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Newsx Adverts Google+ WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ A Garda has revealed the terrifying moments before a car smashed into his patrol car and killed his colleague.Garda Bernard McLaughlin revealed how a car being driven by Martin McDermott “came like a rocket” before it hit them head-on in Burt in December 2009.24-year-old Garda Gary McLoughlin, died in hospital the following day as a result of his injuries.Garda Bernard McLaughlin told Letterkenny Circuit Court how he and Garda McLoughlin had been alerted to a pursuit between an unmarked patrol car and a Vauxhall Astra car on the main Letterkenny to Derry road around 1.15am on December 13th.Garda McLoughlin revealed he and his colleague were trained in operating the Garda ‘stinger’ but were told it was too dangerous to deploy it.Instead they were told to simply get the registration number of the red Vauxhall car.As they drove towards Letterkenny at Lisfannon near Burt, Garda McLaughlin said he noticed a car coming towards them ‘like a rocket.”Garda McLaughlin said he remained conscious at all times during the crash.He says he looked over at his collegue and he appeared to be slumped over and seemed lifeless. He called out his name, but there was no repsonse.The crash happened when the car being driven by McDermott had been pursued by Garda detectives in an unmarked car for more than 30 kms reaching speeds of up to 170kph after it was seen coming out of The Grove Petrol station in Bridgend.He travelled to Newtowncunningham and then back towards Derry before it crashed with Garda McLoughlin’s patrol car at Lisfannon.The trial before a jury of 8 women and four men is expected to finish before Judge John O’Hagan today By News Highland – July 21, 2011 center_img WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleFather thanks daughter for reporting his abuse to gardaiNext articleFerry Abuse: Abuser may have worked with youth group in the 80’s News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterestlast_img read more