Friday 9 December 2016

Death toll on Ireland's roads reaches eight in seven days

Robin Schiller

Published 12/09/2016 | 02:30

Nicola Kenny. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire
Nicola Kenny. Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire

Eight people have died on Irish roads in the past week following a further three fatal accidents over the weekend.

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The latest tragedies over the weekend claimed the lives of a car driver, a motorcyclist and a pedestrian.

Donna Fox
Donna Fox

In total, 126 people have died on Irish roads so far this year, in comparison to 106 during the same period in 2015.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a pedestrian aged in his 60s was struck by a car and fatally injured.

The incident happened at approximately 1am near Hospital, Co Limerick.

Read more: Five perish on Irish roads to exceed death-toll target

A single-vehicle accident occurred one hour later on the N52 at Ardcroney, Co Tipperary.

A man in his early 30s died after the car he was driving left the road and struck with a fence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident that claimed the third life on Ireland's roads over the weekend happened shortly before 11pm on Saturday when a motorcycle and a car collided near Campile, Co Wexford.

The 38-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 25-year-old car driver was uninjured.

The road was closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and witnesses are being asked to contact New Ross Garda Station.

The deaths at the weekend brought to eight the number of people who died on Irish roads last week.

On Sunday morning of last week, Maureen Creaner (92) was killed when she was struck by a car on her way home from mass on the Navan Road shortly after 8.15am. The male driver of the vehicle was arrested and brought to Finglas Garda Station, but he was later released without charge.

The following day, a man in his 60s was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Dundalk, Co Louth.

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Just hours later, new mum Nicola Kenny died after her vehicle was hit by a truck while pulled over in a motorway hard shoulder lane near Dogstown, Co Tipperary.

Read more: First-time mother killed in motorway crash after stopping to take hospital call about newborn

Nicola (26) had been on her way to Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin, with her mother and aunt to visit her newborn baby.

Her funeral mass in Thurles was told that: "She was a beacon of life to her family and to a wide circle of friends and their children."

The following day, Donna Fox (30) was killed after her bicycle collided with a truck on Seville Place in Dublin's north-inner city.

Her funeral, which took place in Balbriggan on Saturday morning, heard how Donna would be remembered as "a beautiful person" who was "taken too soon".

On Wednesday night, a 62-year-old pedestrian was killed after being struck by a lorry on the Finuge to Abbeydorney Road at Bealkilla, Lixnaw, Co Kerry.

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