Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving which caused death of 2 friends

Matthew Crawford (21), one of the deceased
Matthew Crawford (21), one of the deceased

A man has today pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of two friends in a horrific car crash in 2013.

Noel Carr, (25), from Newmills, Letterkenny, Co Donegal was due to go on trial before a jury at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.

When the case was called before Judge John O'Hagan today, Carr faced one charge of dangerous driving causing the deaths of the two men.

Matthew Crawford, (21) and Shaun Graham (19), both from Letterkenny, died when Carr crashed his 2001-registered vehicle into a wall outside Rathmullan, Co Donegal on August 3rd, 2013 at around 3.10am.

Carr spoke only to say 'guilty' when the charge was put to him.

Defence barrister John Shortt asked for sentencing in the case to be adjourned until April to allow for a plea of mitigation and a probation report.

Judge John O'Hagan addressed members of the Crawford and Graham families who were in court, telling them they could prepare victim impact statements in the case.

"I am sure you are relieved that someone here has put their hands up. It is all very distressing," said the judge.

Judge O'Hagan adjourned the case until April.

The two men died two kilometres outside Rathmullan on the Portsalon Road, after earlier attending a summer festival in the seaside town.