Thursday 30 March 2017

Community plunged into grief after fatal crash

Isabel Hurley

A COMMUNITY was plunged into grief after a popular supermarket worker was killed in a horrific car crash.

Tributes were paid yesterday to Robert 'Robbie' Naughton (36), of Oaklawns, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

He died in the single-car smash in the early hours of yesterday morning. His death brings to 19 the number of lives claimed on the country's roads so far this year.

A past pupil of St Mary's CBS in Mullingar, friends described Mr Naughton as "a well-liked, friendly person who liked listening to music and was interested in horse racing".

Two other men who were in the car at the time are being treated for their injuries in the Midlands Regional Hospital. The condition of one of the men was described as serious.

The fatal accident took place on the Mullingar to Ballynacarrigy Road at Muleady's Cross at 1.30am yesterday.

A single man, Mr Naughton was well known as he worked in the local branch of Dunnes Stores at Harbour Place Shopping Centre for many years.

Pole

The crash happened when a red Hyundai Getz car he and two friends were travelling in left the road and crashed into a pole. Gardai said no other vehicle was involved.

Mr Naughton was pronounced dead at the scene by the emergency services.

Local councillor Mick Dollard said: "Everyone is very shocked and saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Mullingar garda station at 044 938 4000 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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