Wednesday 27 May 2015

Pensioner is knocked down and killed by garda vehicle

Tom Brady and Luke Byrne

Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30

Members of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission examine the Garda car which collided with a female pedestrian on the Fonthill Road near St Johns Rd in Clondalkin.
Members of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission examine the Garda car which collided with a female pedestrian on the Fonthill Road near St Johns Rd in Clondalkin.
The scene of the incident
The scene is examined Photo: Frank Mc Grath

An investigation into the death of an elderly woman, who was involved in a road traffic collision with a garda patrol car, is being carried out by the Garda Ombudsman Commission.

The victim has been identified as 75-year-old Elizabeth Core, from Corkagh View, in Clondalkin, Co Dublin.

Her family said they have no information on what happened.

The incident took place at the junction of Fonthill Road and St John's Road shortly after 11am yesterday as the woman was crossing the road.

Mrs Core was returning to her home in Corkagh View, Ronanstown, with bags of shopping from the nearby Mill Shopping Centre, when tragedy struck.

The centre is just a short walk through the local Clondalkin Park to the address.

"We would like to say that we have no more information than has been made public.

"We are going to miss her so much. We would be grateful if you would let us grieve in private," her daughter Lorraine said in a statement.

Mrs Core sustained serious injuries to her head and leg and was rushed by ambulance to Tallaght hospital.

She died in the hospital shortly afterwards.

The two uniformed gardai, who were in the marked patrol car, were said to have been deeply shocked after the incident.

Both are based at Clondalkin station and the patrol was believed to have been responding to an alarm call.

The incident was immediately referred by gardai to the Ombudsman Commission for independent investigation under section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act and a team of investigators was sent to the scene.

Traffic diversions were put in place for several hours while a detailed forensic examination of the area was completed.

Witnesses to the incident were also interviewed by investigators.

The Ombudsman Commission has asked anybody with information that could help the investigation to contact them at 1890 600800.

Meanwhile, the Garda last night issued an official statement, expressing its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the dead woman.

It said gardai would not be commenting further on the incident at this time.

Groups of friends and family gathered at the house yesterday evening to console each other.

One neighbour said that the spot where Ms Core had been crossing, was regularly used by people in the estate.

"There's a gap in the fence there and people often cross the road when they're coming from the park."

Irish Independent

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