Restaurateur dies in collision on way to work
A 54-YEAR-OLD mother who was on her way to work in a well-known restaurant was killed at a notorious accident blackspot in Co Sligo yesterday morning.
The dead woman was named locally as Karen Mounsey, who ran the restaurant at King House, a restored 18th Century Georgian mansion in Boyle, Co Roscommon.
She and her husband James have three sons, one of whom helped them run the restaurant. An antiques fair had been fixed for the venue today and she was going to prepare the restaurant.
"Everybody here is devastated by what happened. Karen was a lovely woman," said Tommy Egan, who works at King House.
He said Mrs Mounsey usually only travelled to help out in the restaurant on Saturdays when they were busy.
Gardai have established that Mrs Mounsey was killed when the van she was in was in collision with a Peugeot 307 being driven towards Sligo.
The accident happened at an accident blackspot at Drumfin, Riverstown, Co Sligo, not far from the dead woman's home on the main Sligo-Dublin N4.
The woman's husband, a passenger in the van, and the car driver, a woman from the Grange area of Co Sligo and in her late 20s, were taken with serious injuries to Sligo General Hospital.
A hospital spokesperson said the man was critical and the young woman was serious but stable.
The Mounsey family moved to the area from England a few years ago.
Gardai at Ballymote, investigating the collision, which took place at 9am yesterday, sealed off the road for examination.
Last December, a three-month-old baby boy had a lucky escape in a head-on collision which claimed the life of the driver of the other car.
At least four lives have been claimed and there have been several injuries on the 7km stretch in the last six years.