A GRANDMOTHER died in a freak accident outside a supermarket after her own car rolled and struck her as she put her shopping into the back of it.
The woman, named locally as Josie Lucas from Ennis, Co Clare, was with her two young grandchildren who were last night being treated in hospital for shock.
It is understood the 74-year-old was putting her shopping in the back of her car yesterday when it reversed suddenly, knocking her and her six-year-old granddaughter to the ground.
The victim's five-year-old grandson was inside the car at the time and although the two children were unhurt they were taken to hospital.
The Lucas family own a popular pub in the centre of Ennis.
Gardai are investigating the incident, which happened close to the Tesco and Aldi stores at Francis Street at around 1.30pm and are seeking witnesses.
The car apparently reversed out of its parking space and continued across to the other side of the road.
The woman was knocked to the ground while the second child was lucky to escape uninjured.
An off-duty fire officer and a paramedic, who were passing at the time, alerted the emergency services who battled to revive the woman. Despite their best efforts Mrs Lucas was pronounced dead at the scene.
Earlier, Fine Gael TD James Bannon paid tribute to his secretary of 12 years, Bernie Kenny, who was killed in a car crash in Longford at around 1.30am on Saturday.
"I have not only lost an exceptional secretary but a very loyal friend," said the Longford-Westmeath TD.
Ms Kenny (55), who is survived by her son Jamie and siblings, was fatally injured when she was struck by a car at Legan, Co Longford. It happened when she was on her way home from a night out in Longford town with former colleagues.
Ms Kenny had been Mr Bannon's secretary since he became a councillor in his local constituency of Ballymahon and later when he was elected as a TD for the area in 2007.
The driver of the car, a man in his 40s, was arrested and questioned at Longford garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. Gardai are appealing for witnesses.