Leaving Cert student killed as 4X4 crashes on way home from parade
A LEAVING Certificate student was killed last night returning from a St Patrick’s Day parade when the 4x4 vehicle she was driving crashed and overturned, leaving six teenage passengers in hospital.
The 19-year-old was driving a seven-seater Toyota Landcruiser along the old Mitchelstown to Cahir Road in Co Cork when the vehicle crashed into a ditch at about 7pm and overturned. The deceased was named locally as Ruth Gorey, who was described by neighbours as a “popular and beautiful girl, who was a role model for the young girls in the community”.
Ruth was actively involved in the local Galtee Harriers Hunt Club and was an avid horsewoman.
She was studying for her Leaving Cert at Presentation School in Mitchelstown and had been ferrying family and friends from the St Patrick's Day parade in Ballyporeen in North Cork, in which she was involved, when the tragedy happened.
Her younger brother was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The passengers - four girls and two boys - were all injured in the crash, though none of them are believed to be in a serious condition.
Six ambulances as well as fire service personnel attended the scene and had to cut two of the passengers from the vehicle.
The deceased and the passengers are all family and friends from the Mitchelstown area of Co Cork. The old Dublin road north of Mitchelstown was closed and local diversions were put in place last night.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses of the crash to contact them.