Black holiday as road death toll rises to 14
ROAD accidents claimed 14 lives since last Thursday. The toll included a pedestrian and two children. Two people died in a car accident in Dublin in the early hours yesterday and three others were injured, one critically.Just before 4am the car in which the five were travelling went out of control at Clontarf Road and hit a parked car on the city side of Dollymount Bridge.
Alan Kane (25) of St Attracta Road, Cabra, driver of a new Fiat Brava, and Michelle Bride (21) of Ballybough Road both died in the horrific accident. A second woman was critical in Beaumont Hospital yesterday and two other young men were also being treated in hospital. All were from Dublin's northside.
Gardai said the road was dry but there had been several fatal accidents near the spot over the years. They appealed for witnesses to contact Clontarf garda station at 01-8336182.
The parents of Alan Kane (25) said they were numbed by the shocking news. Alan, an architect's draughtsman, had been out with friends having a meal in Fairview. He had phoned at around 10.15pm to say he would be staying with friends and would pick up his young brother from his grandmother's in Ballybough next morning.
``We are devastated. You hear about all these accidents on the road but you never think its going to happen to your family,'' said Alan's father, Charlie.
In Co Galway early yesterday pedestrian Paul Core (36), a Dubliner living at Bothar Buí, Carraroe, Co Galway, died in a hit-and-run accident at 3.15am. He leaves a partner and four children.
A woman driver who saw him on the road swerved to avoid him but he was struck by another car which failed to stop, said gardai.
He was found lying on the road by another driver who stopped at the scene at Doire Fharta Beag and alerted emergency services. The victim was taken to University College Hospital, Galway where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
In Co Sligo, three-year-old John Francis Barrett of Crosslane, John Street, Waterford died when he was hit by a truck on the main Sligo road at Gortalough, Ballinafad five miles from Boyle, Co Roscommon.
He was in Ballinafad with his family for a weekend break at a relative's public house and ran out from the pub in front of the lorry at 8.30pm.
He was taken to hospital but was dead on arrival. Relatives and friends were comforting the family yesterday.
Other fatalities over the weekend were:
* An 18-year-old woman killed when a car carrying four passengers overturned on a corner near Ballinalee, Co Longford at 1.40pm yesterday: a young woman in the car was seriously injured.
* Jacinta O'Reilly (21), from Ballinagh, Co Cavan, died at Cavan General Hospital a number of hours after a two car head-on collision shortly after midnight on Sunday at Ballinagh
* Sean Cassidy (21), Cornakelly, Moyne, Co Longford, died at Ballinalee, after his car collided with a telephone pole shortly after 5am on Sunday morning
* Catholic missionary Father Michael Langan (58) from Co Roscommon, originally from Clontarf, Dublin, died after his car hit a wall near Roscommon town on Saturday
* John Keegan (32), Thomastown, Killucan, Co Westmeath, was killed and three others injured in a two-car collision at Sarsfieldstown, Killucan on Saturday
* John Harte (20), of Tamarisk Avenue, Kilnamanagh died in a collision between a car and a van at Ballymount Road, Dublin on Friday
* Indian national Kalai Kannan (31), an employee at Letterkenny General Hospital, died in a road accident at Ballintra, Co Donegal on Friday
* Michael McMahon (20), of Belmony, Co Offaly died when his car hit a ditch at Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath on Friday
* Three-year-old Yasmin Brady from North Cumberland Street, Dublin was killed on nearby Champions Avenue, in the city centre, when she was struck by a vehicle on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a 53-year-old front seat passenger in a car which collided with a horse in Co Wexford last week has died in Beaumont Hospital. He was Oliver May of Rochestown, Taghmon.