Saturday 1 November 2014

Mum killed, baby fights for life after road accident

Published 18/01/2014 | 02:30

Gardai at the scene of the crash. Olivia Dunne (inset) was struck by the vehicle. Photo: Collins
Olivia Dunne

A mother has been killed in a road accident that has left her four-month-old baby fighting for its life in hospital.

Olivia Dunne (31), from Balrothery, Balbriggan, was out for a stroll with her baby yesterday when she was struck by a people carrier and killed instantly.

The mother and child were just a short walk from their home and Olivia's husband, Ciaran, rushed to the scene.

However his wife died shortly after the accident while their baby was rushed to hospital by emergency services. Locals in Balbriggan, where Olivia was well known, were left reeling as word spread of the single vehicle accident.

TRAGEDY

The incident occurred shortly after 12.30pm just at the entrance to the Balbriggan Retail Park near the White Hart Inn, within a short distance of her home.

Onlookers said the car, which was travelling southward towards Balbriggan, ploughed into the railings at the entrance to the retail park.

The baby was rushed by ambulance to Temple Street Hospital and was last night in a serious condition.

Meanwhile the driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It is understood that Ms Dunne was a teacher but was currently on maternity leave after the birth of her baby last autumn.

The couple had married in July 2012 and it is understood that they moved into the Balrothery area shortly after their marriage.

Locals in Balrothery were in shock over the tragedy yesterday, saying Olivia had been a familiar figure out walking with her baby.

She had been a "lovely lady" and was always very friendly, they said.

"I can't believe it. She was such a lovely person and was over the moon when her baby was born," said one neighbour.

One local man said the stretch of road where the accident had taken place was "an awful road".

"A young girl was killed on New Year's Eve just a few hundred yards away. My heart goes out to the family," he said.

Parish priest Fr Eugene Taaffe was last night on his way to visit the family, and did not wish to say anything about the tragedy.

Nicola Anderson

Irish Independent

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