Woman sent to face trial over car-crash death of baby girl

Natasha Irish (wearing the green jacket) as she left Antrim courthouse on Tuesday.
Natasha Irish (wearing the green jacket) as she left Antrim courthouse on Tuesday.

A woman accused of killing a baby in a car crash was committed for Crown Court trial yesterday.

Appearing at Antrim Magistrates’ Court, a clearly emotional Natasha Irish, 33, confirmed that she understood the single charge against her.

Irish, from Crosshill Grove, Aldergrove, Crumlin, is accused of causing the death of one-year-old Tyra Herbert by careless driving on the Dublin Road in Antrim on September 24,0 2012.

The one-car collision happened shortly after 9.45am on the outskirts of Antrim and baby Tyra was rushed to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children but tragically died from her injuries.

Another child, Irish and another woman were also treated for minor injuries.

Although no facts of the case were opened yesterday, it is understood that Irish is a friend of the baby’s mother.

Yesterday a prosecution lawyer submitted there was a prima facie case to answer on the papers and Irish’s solicitor did not make any contrary submissions.

Irish, dressed in a black jacket and black knee length skirt, did not object to the preliminary enquiry and declined to either give evidence herself or call any evidence on her own behalf.

District Judge Alan White said he was satisfied Irish had a case to answer and committed her to the Crown Court for trial.

Releasing Irish on her own bail of £500, the judge adjourned the case to March 18 for arraignment at Antrim Crown Court.