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Saturday 24 June 2017

Pensioner killed in Canaries car crash

Tom Worden and Nicola Anderson

AN Irish pensioner was knocked down and killed as he crossed a road at a zebra crossing in a Spanish holiday resort.

He has been named locally as David O'Sullivan (70) from Blackpool, Co Cork.

Mr O'Sullivan suffered critical head injuries when he was struck by a car on the island of Fuerteventura, in the Canaries, on Sunday.

The father-of-six was knocked off his feet and on to the car's windscreen, which was smashed.

Two ambulances and a local doctor rushed to the scene but the man died as he was being taken to hospital.

The accident happened in the beach resort of Corralejo, in the north of the island, at 10.15pm.

It is understood that Mr O'Sullivan – a widower, whose wife died seven years ago – had spent a lot of time on the island and had been going "back and forth" between Ireland and the island.

He was well known by the Irish community there. Staff at the Finnigans Irish bar in Corralejo said: "A nicer man you couldn't meet."

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to the bereaved family.

Mr O'Sullivan was crossing a road near the Atlantic Garden hotel when the accident happened. Locals said they have long complained that the zebra crossings in the area are badly lit.

"There are lights but they are not at all powerful," said Atlantic Garden manager Valerio Marzano. "A Spanish man was killed in the summer here in similar circumstances."

Local police are investigating but would not release any information.

A source at the local town hall, in nearby La Oliva, said: "The driver of the vehicle stopped voluntarily after the accident. He was breathalysed but passed the test."

Mr O'Sullivan was the second person killed crossing the road on the island in 48 hours.

On Saturday, a one-year-old baby died and her mother was badly injured in Costa Calma, at the southern end of the island, where locals are also demanding better lighting.

Irish Independent

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