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Film Star Broderick Fined $175 For Fatal Crash

February 15, 1988 GMT

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Movie actor Matthew Broderick was fined $175 today for his role in a car crash that killed a woman and her daughter in Northern Ireland last year.

Broderick was accused of driving on the wrong side of the road when the crash occurred.He was excused from having to attend the trial after the initial charge of causing death by careless driving was reduced to careless driving.

The 25-year-old star of films such as ″War Games″ and ″Ferris Bueller’s Day Off″ pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

The accident occurred on Aug. 5 when Broderick and his girlfriend, Jennifer Gray, of New York, were driving through Northern Ireland to Dublin from their holiday home in the north of the Irish Republic.

Near Enniskillen in the west of the province, the car Broderick was driving collided with an oncoming car driven by Anna Gallagher, 28. She and her mother, 60-year-old Margaret Doherty, were killed.

Broderick, a New York resident, was treated in hospital in Belfast for a fractured leg. Miss Gray suffered minor injuries.

Defense attorney David Smyth and prosecutor Jim Scholes agreed in court that it was not known why Broderick was on the wrong side of the road.

In statements to police, Broderick said he could remember nothing about the collision.

″It is a tragic situation and no one will ever know exactly what happened. I am instructed to indicate that Broderick will always feel extremely upset,″ Smyth told magistrate Robert Porter.