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Thursday 29 September 2016

'He always had a smile on his face, he will be sadly missed' - Tributes pour in for tragic Enda Wickham (22)

Published 12/06/2015 | 21:40

Enda Wickham
Enda Wickham

Two people have lost their lives in separate road traffic collisions in the south east.

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The incidents, which saw a male driver and female pedestrian die within hours of one another occurred in the early hours of Friday morning.

A 22-year-old Wexford man tragically lost his life as he made his way back to his New Ross home from Waterford City.

Enda Wickham was seriously injured after the car he was driving struck a ditch shortly after 3am on the N25 Waterford to New Ross road.

The popular WIT student was driving to a friend's house in New Ross when he lost control of his vehicle near Glenmore, Co Kilkenny.

He was transferred to Waterford University Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Last night his  friend remembered him as a "kind and pleasant lad."

"Everybody in New Ross knew Enda. He was an absolute gentleman it is just such a shock that he is gone," they said.

"He always had a smile on his face and was laughing and joking. He will be sadly missed."

The busy road was closed off following the incident causing further traffic delays to New Ross town - a known tailback blackspot.

To further the traffic mayhem a beer truck overturned on the detour which had been set up to divert traffic away from the scene of the incident.

The driver of the truck was uninjured but motorists were advised to avoid the area at all costs.

In a second incident, a female pedestrian was killed when she was struck by a car at Kellystown, Drinagh on the outskirts of Wexford town.

Linda Griffin (30)  who is originally from Castlemaine Co Kerry, died when she was knocked down by a car at 1.30am.

Ms Griffin had been enjoying a night out with friends and was making her way home when she was struck by the vehicle.

It is believed she had been refused a fare in a taxi and was walking in the middle of the road when she was hit.

Ms Griffin had been attending college and living in the area.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and her remains were removed to Wexford Regional Hospital before being transferred to Waterford University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor has said the incidents have left the model county in shock.

"Our hearts are with the families of the deceased," he said, "it is an absolute tragedy".

"It has left all communities concerned in shock".

The two fatalities bring to 66 the number of Irish people who have been killed on Irish roads so far this year.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact them at Wexford Garda Station on 053 9165200, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station

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