Young garda wakes from induced coma after crash that claimed pensioner's life
One of the two gardaí injured in a crash that claimed the life of a pensioner is responding to medical treatment after being in a critical condition.
Gardaí Sharon Casserly and Peter Murtagh suffered serious injuries in the Galway crash which caused the death of 66-year-old Liam McDonnell.
Garda Casserly was placed in an induced coma by medics, but it is understood her condition improved yesterday and she spoke to hospital staff.
Friends had been gravely worried for the young garda after her condition deteriorated during the week.
Garda Murtagh, who suffered head and arm injuries in the incident, is also recovering well.
Meanwhile, Mr McDonnell will be laid to rest in Galway today as his wife Kate and daughters Mary and Joanna are being comforted by friends and family.
He will be buried in Creagh Cemetery after a funeral mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Creagh. His family have asked that any donations be made to Galway Simon.
The city native, who was a resident of the Little Flower Nursing home in Ardrahan, died when he was hit by a car at 12.30am on Monday on the N18 near Ardrahan.