How a man who helped the most vulnerable was himself left to die
Dr Martin Lawlor was one of the top psychiatric consultants in Britain and Ireland. While walking to his hotel near Cork Airport in December 2018, he was hit by a car and fatally injured. The driver failed to stop. Martin’s sister, Susan, spoke to Tadhg Evans after the driver was sentenced in Cork last week
Dr Susan Lawlor, a mental-health consultant and sister of the Late Martin Lawlor, pictured above recently in Tralee
February 10 2021 06:30 AM
Dr Susan Lawlor has told The Kerryman that those who loved her brother – Dr Martin Lawlor, one of the top psychiatric consultants in Britain and Ireland – must forever live with the tragic irony that a man who devoted himself to helping the most vulnerable was himself left to die on the side of a road.
Denis McSweeney (75) of Pouladuff Road, Ballyphehane, Cork, was jailed last week for four years after driving away on December 15, 2018, from the scene on the Airport Road in Cork, where his car struck the late Tralee native, a father of three.
Speaking two days after judge Seán Ó Donnabháin sentenced Mr McSweeney, a taxi driver at the time of the incident, to five years in prison with the final year suspended, Susan said she found it incredibly difficult to process the details that emerged at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. She has since chosen to speak out to instil in people the importance of staying at the scene of a road traffic collision.