AN EIGHT-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after surviving a horrific car crash that claimed the life of her mother.
The girl's injuries are not thought to be life threatening but her mother, Suzanne van der Geest (47), was killed at the scene of the crash on the outskirts of Killarney yesterday.
The mother of three was originally from The Netherlands and living in Killorglin, Co Kerry, with her Irish husband and family. Ms van der Geest's grey Ford Fiesta was travelling towards Killarney when the car hit a tree and ended up in woodland in Killarney National Park at Ballydowney.
She was pronounced dead at the scene and her remains were taken to Kerry General Hospital (KGH) for a post-mortem examination.
Her husband Donal was at home at the time minding their other two children when the accident happened at around 12.20pm.
It is understood his wife had been taking their daughter to an appointment in Cork when the accident happened.
The road remained closed for several hours yesterday afternoon while gardai carried out a forensic examination.
This is not the first fatal accident to have happened at that location near Gortroe in Fossa, which is within the 50kph speed limit zone of the town.
Another man lost his life in a road crash at the same location about six years ago.
Gardai in Killarney are appealing for witnesses to the collision or for anyone who may have travelled on the Killarney to Killorglin Road between noon and 1pm yesterday to contact them at 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or at any garda station.