Wednesday 18 October 2017

Death toll rises to 140 after three more killed

Conor Kane, Anita Guidera and Olivia Kelleher

GARDAI are investigating the cause of a crash that killed a man in his early 20s and left two others in hospital.

A car carrying the three people crashed on a straight stretch of road on the N22 at Macroom in Co Cork at 6.30am yesterday. The driver of the car and another passenger were taken to Cork University Hospital.

It is understood the man, who is believed to be from Millstreet, Co Cork, was a back-seat passenger in the car. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

Two other people also died over the weekend, bringing to 140 the total number of people killed on the roads so far this year.

A young Slovakian man, named locally as Milan Mican, died instantly when his motorbike crashed into an SUV at about 11am on Saturday on a notoriously dangerous part of the road between Bagenalstown and Borris in Co Carlow.

It is understood the young man was travelling to work in Borris at the time from his home in Kilkenny. He only owned the motorbike for a number of weeks.

Some of his family members are still being contacted.

He had lived in the area for about five years and had made "a huge impression on the community", according to local priest Fr Paddy Byrne.

Fr Byrne was called to the scene of the crash on Saturday and yesterday spoke of the horror he witnessed as he administered the last rites to the victim.

"It's just very, very sad," he said. "It was a scene of devastation and the tragic loss of a young man whose life was very well connected here with the local community has been cut short."

The Bagenalstown parish priest described the man as "full of life". He had worked in the agri-business Keenan Systems of Borris for a number of years and lived in Kilkenny with friends.

Meanwhile, mother-of-three Karen Mounsey (54), of Riverstown in Sligo, was killed on Saturday morning when her van was in collision with a car on the N4 at Drumfin near Castlebaldwin.

A chef, she was on her way to work in the King House Restaurant in Boyle with her husband Jim, who was critically injured in the collision.

Dangerous

The accident happened on a 7km stretch of the main Sligo to Dublin road between Drumfin and Castlebaldwin, described by local Fine Gael TD John Perry as the most dangerous stretch of road in the country.

That section of the road has claimed at least four lives in the past six years.

The latest victim, who moved to the area with her family from England several years ago, is a mother of three sons, one of whom helps run the restaurant in a restored early 18th Century Georgian mansion in Boyle.

An antiques fair, which was to take place yesterday, was cancelled as a mark of respect.

Tommy Egan, who works at King House, said the staff were devastated.

"Everybody here is devastated by what happened. Karen was a lovely woman," he said.

He added that Mrs Mounsey only came to work on a Saturday if they were very busy.

Irish Independent

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