Wednesday 26 April 2017

Gardaí seeking witnesses after two more die on roads

The scene where a cyclist died after a collision with a car on Conyngham Road in Dublin Picture: Arthur Carron
The scene where a cyclist died after a collision with a car on Conyngham Road in Dublin Picture: Arthur Carron

Gavin White

Gardaí have appealed for information after two people were killed in another weekend of tragedy on the country's roads.

A cyclist died yesterday following a collision with a car on Conyngham Road, Dublin 8.

The man, in his 30s, was rushed to St James' Hospital following the incident at around 2.15pm but was pronounced dead a short time later.

In an earlier incident, a man died following a single vehicle crash at Ballinwillin Strand, Co Cork. The man, in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident at 9.45am.

Gardaí in Kilmainham are investigating following the death of the cyclist yesterday afternoon. The female driver in the incident received minor injuries.

The scene of the collision on Conyngham Road was closed off yesterday for investigation.

Local priest Fr John Collins, of St James' Church, said the area where the crash took place has seen a number of accidents in recent times.

He told the Irish Independent: "It's known as a dangerous spot and the intersection is known as a busy location.

"There has always been an issue coming from Conyngham Road which is wide and it narrows as it comes up to Islandbridge. It is well known as an accident hotspot. Because of the business of the road it has always been dangerous particularly for cyclists."

Labour Party councillor Rebecca Moynihan said road users should take care in the area.

She said: "There is a real need to go slow in that area.

"The bridge at Islandbridge is also dangerous because it is a small bridge to be going over. With traffic coming from the M8 and the motorway it's one of those areas."

Gardaí in Kilmainham have appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them at 01 6669700 or any garda station.

Meanwhile, officers in Midleton are investigating following the single-vehicle road crash in Cork.

A Garda spokesperson said: "The sole occupant of the car, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem will take place.

"Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been travelling on the road to contact them at Midleton garda station 0214621550 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111."

Irish Independent

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