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$10m bail Irish driver on trial in Philly after hitting four teens while allegedly driving more than twice above legal limit

Dungiven man Shane Brolly (24) is facing 16 felony counts including aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence

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Accused Shane Brolly from Dungiven

Accused Shane Brolly from Dungiven

Accused Shane Brolly from Dungiven

An Irish driver is standing trial in Philadelphia after hitting four teenagers while driving more than twice above the legal alcohol limit.

Dungiven man Shane Brolly (24) is facing 16 felony counts including aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence and aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury with extreme indifference.

Prosecutor Robert James included a new charge of accidents involving injury while not properly licensed.

Prosecutors allege that Brolly does not hold a Pennsylvania driving license, and US police have stated before that he was in the States illegally on an expired work visa.

During a two and a half-hour preliminary hearing, witnesses testified that Brolly had been drinking in a Northeast Philadelphia bar for hours before the accident, which occurred on March 26th 2021.

The court heard that Brolly accelerated more than 70 miles per hour before slamming into a 2019 Mazda CX5 carrying four Neshaminy High students, pushing it 50 feet back.

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Image from the website of the Bucks County DA office showing an RTA involving a red pickup truck driven by Shane Brolly from Dungiven

Image from the website of the Bucks County DA office showing an RTA involving a red pickup truck driven by Shane Brolly from Dungiven

Image from the website of the Bucks County DA office showing an RTA involving a red pickup truck driven by Shane Brolly from Dungiven

The girls – known as the Neshaminy Four – were seriously injured and taken to hospital. Brolly, along with his passenger Eoin ‘Spud’ Quinn from Dungannon, also suffered serious injuries.

Quinn testified on Thursday and said that Brolly collected him in his cousin’s red pickup truck at around 4pm the day of the accident.

They picked up a case of White Claw seltzer each along with some Natural Light beers before driving to a golf range where they consumed some of the beverages, Quinn said.

After this, they headed to a bar in downtown Philadelphia and consumed one drink each before driving to a northeast Philadelphia bar at around 8pm, where they continued drinking.

Witness Tiffany Zaborwski, who was in the same bar that evening, testified that she did not know Brolly but had noticed that he was drunk and asked him and his friends not to drive.

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“You could tell he was drunk,” she said.

Police witnesses testified that Brolly had a blood alcohol content of 2.1 when he crashed into the car the girls were travelling in just after 10pm.

Authorities allege that open and unopened alcoholic beverages were found in Brolly’s truck the night of the accident and that he smelled strongly of alcohol.

Brolly remains in Bucks County Prison in lieu of 10pc of $10 million bail.

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