Tuesday 27 June 2017

Road deaths fall to a record low

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THE number of deaths on our roads dropped significantly in 2012.

There were 161 fatalities from road accidents last year compared with 184 in 2011, a decrease of 12.5pc and the lowest number to date.

The most recent victim was a woman who died two days after a two-car collision; she had been visiting relatives for Christmas.

Amanda O'Flaherty (26) was injured on Saturday.

The car she was driving collided with a 4x4 at Cow Cross in Cobh, a notorious accident blackspot, just a mile from her home.

Ms O'Flaherty (pictured) was cut from the car and rushed to Cork University Hospital where she was on a life-support machine until yesterday morning. Her family gathered around her bedside and were present when she passed away.

A family friend, who did not wish to be named, said the young woman had been living in Dublin recently.

"She was home for Christmas. She was such a lovely girl. Her family are just devastated; it is a cruel and awful tragedy to happen at this time of year," said the friend.

Amanda is the third person to die on Cork roads in a fortnight.

Gardai in Cobh are investigating the collision and have appealed for witnesses.

Meanwhile, a toddler has died after being struck by a runaway car.

The two-year-old boy's name has not been released following the incident at a care home in Dundonald, east Belfast.

An empty white Volkswagen Golf, parked at Limetree Care Home, rolled down a sloped driveway, mounted the kerb and hit the boy and his mother, who were on the footpath.

Irish Independent

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