Car victim survived previous accident
A MAN killed in an accident yesterday had survived a separate serious car crash that left him in a coma, write John Fallon and Mark Hilliard.
Dara Gately (23) from Castlecoote, Co Roscommon, died in a single-vehicle accident in the early hours of yesterday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene in Ballybride on the Roscommon to Castlecoote road at around 3.15am.
The stunned community of Castlecoote was yesterday trying to come to terms with the death of the popular young man.
Mr Gately was involved in another serious accident just over two years ago at Donamon, Roscommon, in which he was left in a coma.
"He had a slip on the road that night because it was icy, it was like glass," explained local councillor Domnick Connolly.
"He was badly injured and in a coma for about three weeks. He was in Galway hospital for a long time but he had since been back to full health."
Mr Connolly said Mr Gately, who worked in his father's electrical business, was known in the area as a lovely young man.
"He was a lovely, quiet fellow and very obliging. Everyone loved him."
Mr Gately, who also worked part-time in a local pub, is survived by his father Eamon, his mother Deirdre and an older brother and sister.
Gardai in Roscommon are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact 090-6638300.