John Michael Fahy denies causing crash which killed toddler

John Fahy
John Fahy

An architectural student on Tuesday denied causing and knowing he caused a fatal crash which claimed the life of a 19-month-old Co Fermanagh toddler and injured the child’s mother almost three years ago.

The former University of Ulster student, John Michael Fahy, from Groagagh Grange in Sligo, was giving evidence at his Dungannon Crown Court trial for causing the death of baby Ryan John Cox, and injuring his mother Katriona, by careless driving on the Boa Island Road in Fermanagh on January 14, 2013.

Fahy initially told his defence QC Jim Gallagher he remembered rounding a bend, seeing another car “apparently” in his lane, flashing his lights, having nowhere to go, then his car spinning out of control, and waking in hospital.

However, in cross-examination by prosecution QC Liam McCollum the student rejected, refuted knowing how the accident occured and that he knew he was responsible for it.

Mr McCollum suggested that there was a “very simple explaination” for the crash, telling Fahy that “either through inexperience or over-steering you lost control of your car and crashed into the other car.

“And you know how this accident happened.”

“That’s not true,” replied Fahy.

On Wednesday the jury of six men and six women will hear final submissions in the case before being asked to retire and consider their verdicts.