Man killed in crash was son of former mayor
The young Galway man killed in a car accident in the early hours of yesterday morning is a son of the former mayor of the town.
Brian Regan (26), from Loughrea, was killed as he walked along the Athenry Road at around 5.30am.
He is the son of James Regan, previously a member of Loughrea Town Council and a former mayor of the town.
The collision happened on the edge of the town near the Loughrea Hotel and Spa.
The young man, who worked in Supervalu in Loughrea, was pronounced dead at scene. His body was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe where a postmortem will be carried out.
His heartbroken parents James and Mary and his siblings were comforted by friends and relatives at their home yesterday.
Local Independent councillor Pat Hynes said that the thoughts of the entire town were with the family.
"James was a colleague of mine serving on Loughrea Town Council. I want to extend my sympathies to James and his wife Mary and their family. I'm deeply sorry to hear the news. They are a well-known and very respected family and it's a great tragedy for them," he added.
The driver of the car, a 19-year-old man, was uninjured. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The Athenry-Loughrea Road on the outskirts of the town was closed for a time yesterday to facilitate Garda forensic collision investigators, and diversions were in place.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who may have travelled the N66 Loughrea-Galway Road, through Loughrea Town between 1.30am and 5.30am on Sunday to contact Loughrea Garda Station on 091 842 870, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any station.