29 Nov 2021

Man to go on trial charged with endangerment resulting in tragic death of Longford dance teacher

Parents of late Lisa Cullen read victim impact statements to court

The late Lisa Cullen

A Polish man is to go on trial accused of allowing a dangerously defective vehicle on the road which was subsequently involved in a head on collision that resulted in the death of a Co Longford dance teacher over five years ago.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Cullen, from Lisduff, Edgeworthstown was killed when her car was involved in a collision with another vehicle at Curry, Kenagh, Co Longford on February 5 2014.

Adam Krupa (43), Aghantragh, Killashee, Co Longford appeared at a sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court earlier today charged with recklessly or intentionally allowing a dangerously defective vehicle onto the public highway contrary to Section 13 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

Mr Krupa, who wore a black jacket and grey jeans, pleaded not guilty to the endangerment charge which, on conviction can carry a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

A jury of nine men and three women were sworn in before Judge Eoin Garavan ahead of a trial which is estimated to last up to three weeks.

He is the second man to face criminal charges over the tragedy. 

In 2016, 48-year-old Robert Waillant, of Annaville, Dublin Road, Longford pleaded guilty to careless driving causing the death of Ms Cullen.

He was consequently handed down a one-year prison sentence, suspended for three years, and was banned from driving for 15 years. 

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