Man further charged in connection with Claregalway crash

A man has been further charged in relation to a crash which left three people seriously injured in hospital.

Forty-year-old Romans Rinavas, with an address at 7 Na Cleagga, Ballybrit, appeared before Galway District Court last Monday where he was further charged with dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Mary Holland, of Ballamenagh, Clarinbridge, on January 24, 2010, at Lydican, Claregalway. The court heard that Rinavas gave no reply to the charge after caution.

Rinavas, a Latvian national, had previously been charged with drink driving on the same date. The court heard last week that there had been a serious traffic collision which resulted in three people being brought to hospital and two of these being treated in intensive care with very serious injuries. Rinavas was remanded in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €1,000, one half to be lodged, and independent surety of €5,000, one half to be lodged.

Inspector Michael Coppinger this week made an application for the bail to be extended to the new charge. He later said that there may be further charges depending on the condition of the people who were involved in the crash.

Judge Mary Fahy extended the bail to the new charge and remanded Rinavas in custody with consent to bail to appear at Harristown District Court tomorrow for DPP directions.

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