The news was shocking, as all car crash incidents are, but especially involving someone that is well known.
Yes the impact of his loss on Mahon may well be significant, both in terms of his own potential contributions, and others' ability to now hide behind his buried information.
If there is one positive thing to be said about the man and his dealings with the Tribunal, it is his most amiable dealings with the media during his time there. Never one to dash into a blackened car, he seemed to almost enjoy the attention strolling across the Lower Yard every morning and evening, often replying to questions asked - likewise on various programmes.
For all that can be said about Mr Lawlor, the sly CJ ducking and diving method just wasn't his style - not outside the tribunal stand at least