Friday 28 July 2017

Tributes paid to tragic dad-of-two who died after his car plunged into river

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Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A man who died after his car left the road and plunged into a river has been remembered as a dedicated family man.

Jacek Tokarz, who was in his late 40s and living in Roscommon town, died on Monday after his car left the road just outside Ballygar Co Galway and ended up in the River Shiven, a tributary of the River Suck.

The father-of-two died at the scene while his wife Helena was rescued from the water. She was brought to Portiuncula hospital for treatment but has since been released.

The fatal road accident occurred on the R363 at Islandcase, Ballygar at around 1.30pm on Monday.

The couple had been visiting their two daughters who live in Galway when the tragedy occurred.

One man who came on the scene of the accident said it was fortunate Ms Tokarz survived the crash.

“It is quite a dodgy turn. The car hit the right hand bank and lost control and careened across the road. It went for quite a distance into the river. It seems to be very lucky that the passenger made it out,” he added.

Fr Ireneusz Kuzmicki, curate at the Sacred Heart Parish in Roscommon said friends and family of Mr Tokarz, who was originally from Southern Poland, were devastated by his loss.

“He was a family man with a wife and two daughters. The girls had both graduated from University in Galway and were living and working in Galway.

“For those who knew Jacek this is a shock, he was very young. A very strong, big man who was in good health and all of a sudden he is gone,” he added.

The R363 was closed for a number of hours on Monday afternoon to allow for an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them at Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 9631890, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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