A 29-year-old Monaghan man has been sentenced to four years in prison after he was convicted of dangerous driving causing the deaths of a Donegal woman, her unborn baby and two other people.Kevin McArdle was more than three times over the drink-driving limit when he caused a three-car pile-up on a straight stretch of road near Carrickmacross last Christmas.McArdle had drunk nine pints of beer and five glasses of brandy as he and his friends drove from pub to pub around Meath and Monaghan on 27 December. At approximately 6.40pm, he was driving at speed on the incorrect side of the stretch of road near Carrickmacross.One oncoming car managed to swerve to avoid his car, but those in the car behind did not have the opportunity to do so.A 38-year-old pregnant woman was among those killed.Roisin Connolly of Fanad and Grace Park, Drumcondra, Dublin, was driving on the Carrickmacross by-pass with her husband Stephen when their Seat car was struck in heavy rain by the BMW being driven by McArdle.Mrs Connolly, who was five months pregnant, was killed. Doctors delivered her baby, Catherine, but she also died. Mrs Connolly’s husband survived with injuries.The couple had just returned from spending Christmas in Fanad with Roisin’s mother Kathleen and her extended family.Two passengers in the BMW, Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, were also killed, while another man in that car was seriously injured but survived.Supt Noel Cunningham told the Court McArdle was three and a half times over the legal drink driving limit.EndsMAN WHO KILLED DONEGAL WOMAN AND UNBORN BABY IS JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: October 19th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fanadkilledroisin connolly
The Wildcats weren’t able to put the game away until late in the fourth quarter when tight end Lance Evboumwan made a one-handed diving 20 yard catch in the corner of the end zone on a fourth down play. It was the third of three touchdown passes for Ronnie Fouch. Redlands East Valley got all it could handle from Eisenhower, before coming away with a 29-15 victory over the Eagles Friday night at Eisenhower. “It’s always a tough game against Eisenhower, they’re very physical and they match up well against us,” said Redlands East Valley Coach Kurt Bruich. “We knew it was going to be a struggle coming in.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But it took Fouch and the Wildcats’ offense an entire half to finally get warmed up. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. The Eagles’ rushing attack stalled on several occasions while the Wildcats were unable to move the ball through the air due in large part to their inability to handle the pass rush. “Their pass rush was great,” said Fouch. “And they were only bringing four.” Turnovers also played a huge role as both teams saw potential scoring drives turned away due to costly fumbles and interceptions. The game appeared as though it would remain scoreless going into the half until the Eagles fumbled in their own territory and were unable to stop Fouch from completing three of his four passes, including an 11-yard strike to Isaiah Burel with five seconds remaining. “Our safety was a fraction of a second away from making that play,” said Eisenhower Coach Julius McChristian. “You take that away, we go into the half 0-0 and we walk away from this game I believe victorious.” The third quarter saw a both teams scoring at will, Eisenhower on the ground and Redlands East Valley through the air. The Eagles would take an 8-7 lead midway through the third after a one-yard run by Courtney Randall, only to have the Wildcats answer with a touchdown drive and successful two-point conversion of their own to take a 15-7 lead. “Our team never thinks they’re going to lose, which is hurting us at times, said Bruich. Less the a minute later the Eagles would tie the game with the help of a 70 yard touchdown run by William Woods but Eisenhower’s power running style finally caught up with them, as Randall appeared visibly shaken and had to be helped off the field twice; the second time on a failed fourth down conversion. With Randall a non-factor the Wildcats were finally able to contain Eisenhower’s running, allowing them to control the clock and pull away for the victory with back to back scoring drives. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!