Thursday 19 October 2017

Inquest hears cousins died instantly when struck by car

Pathologist Dr Jane Thorne, who performed post-mortem examinations on both women, said that death would have been instantaneous Stock image
Pathologist Dr Jane Thorne, who performed post-mortem examinations on both women, said that death would have been instantaneous Stock image

Elaine Keogh

The inquest into the deaths of two women who were struck by a car while crossing the N2 in Co Louth earlier this year has heard they died instantly.

Drogheda Coroner's Court heard that Josephine Duff (78) from Kells Road, Ardee, and Kathy McDonald (70) of Drogheda Road, Ardee, were first cousins and "great friends".

They had gotten off a bus on the northbound lane of the road and were hit by a car on the southbound lane outside the Hunterstown Inn at about 6.15pm.

The inquest heard that Ms McDonald had a hospital appointment that day and Ms Duff had accompanied her to it.

Pathologist Dr Jane Thorne, who performed post-mortem examinations on both women, said that they would have died immediately.

In reply to Coroner Ronan Maguire, Dr Thorne said neither women would have felt anything and death was instantaneous.

Mr Maguire said that he was adjourning the inquest at the request of gardaí who are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Irish Independent

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