Thursday 24 August 2017

Father of two dies after being hit by car

Tom Gilmore and Michael McHale

A FATHER of two young children became the latest person to die on the country's roads after he was hit by a car early yesterday.

Gerard Fahy was walking along a dimly lit stretch of the N17 Tuam to Galway road when he was struck by a car at around 4.30am.

The 53-year-old, who was originally from the nearby village of Belclare but was living in Lucan in Dublin for the past few years, was in Galway on a weekend visit to his father.

Mr Fahy, whose children are aged nine and 11, died instantly. His remains were taken to University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem took place.

Last night, local independent councillor Sean Canney said the incident was a double tragedy, because the driver of the car that hit Mr Fahy was a young local man.

He was treated for shock but suffered no physical injuries.

Gardai in Tuam closed off the stretch of the N17 at Farrannamartin, where the collision took place, for a number of hours after the incident.

They carried out a technical examination of the area and appealed for witnesses to the crash to contact them on 093 70840.

Meanwhile, a 68-year-old man died in Cavan General Hospital yesterday morning after losing control of his car when he suffered a heart attack at lunchtime on Thursday. Father-of-five Peter Carbin, from the village of Ballinode, near Scotstown, Co Monaghan, was driving in Monaghan town centre when his Mercedes swerved along the main road and hit two other vehicles at 12.50pm.

His car then drove through a hedge and fence in the Castle Meadow shopping arcade car park, narrowly missing workers from the nearby credit union.

Irish Independent

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