Residents run for their lives from ‘death drivers’

June 19, 2017

Residents of the Edenappa Road in Jonesboro were forced to jump over walls to escape a speeding car that attempted to mow them down during an incident on Sunday afternoon last (11th June).

Sinn Féin councillor Mickey Larkin described the dramatic event that had parents running to gather their children to safety while the reckless driver sped past them, performing ‘doughnuts’ and handbrake turns.

At one stage the vehicle was travelling at such speed that it became airborne when it hit the speed ramps in the village, Mr Larkin claimed.

“There was an attempt by the death drivers to run down a number of residents who had emerged to witness this criminal behaviour.  Damage was caused to cars and residents had to jump garden walls to escape,” the councillor said.

Around the same time, the driver of another car rammed a PSNI vehicle while crossing the border, in an attempt to escape from pursuing gardaí.

Councillor Larkin says those responsible for both incidents are not from the local area but had “crossed into the village from Co. Louth”.

“They are not welcome in our community. The residents of Jonesborough will not tolerate the rampages of reckless drivers like this. Children should be able to play safely on the streets of our towns and villages,” he said.

Citing fears among the community that those involved had consumed drink or drugs, Councillor Larkin added: “I have spoken to both the householders affected and the PSNI in relation to these incidents. Also I have contacted my colleagues in Louth to gather a greater understanding of what is happening and to encourage increased cooperation between An Garda and the PSNI to ensure that such incidents become a rarity instead of the norm.”