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Dad died in crash after visiting newborn daughter

Louise Roseingrave

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

Slawomir Gostomski died in a car crash just hours after the birth of his second daughter
Slawomir Gostomski died in a car crash just hours after the birth of his second daughter

A father of two died following a road crash as he made his way home from hospital after meeting his newborn baby.

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Polish national Slawomir Gostomski (34) was returning to his home in Westport, Co Mayo, from Mayo General Hospital following the birth of his first daughter when he crashed on April 5, 2014.

The accident happened on the N5 at the Halfway House pub, Islandeady, around 8km from Castlebar at 7.30pm.

Mr Gostomski's red Mercedes collided with a BMW as it turned right towards the Halfway House on a long straight stretch of road between Castlebar and Westport.

Witness Ciaran Kane was travelling behind the BMW and had slowed down to undertake him, when the red car overtook him and collided with the BMW.

He said he did not see the red Mercedes until the moment of impact. Mr Gostomski was rushed to Mayo General Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he died on April 12. The cause of death was a severe head injury as a result of the collision.

The jury returned a verdict of misadventure and recommended that the Mayo county manager and National Roads Authority consider installing appropriate signage on both sides of the road leading up to the Halfway House pub.

Irish Independent

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