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Friday 24 February 2017

'She was always wearing a smile' - Tributes paid to young woman killed in car collision

Seven people killed on Irish roads in little over 48 hours

Conor Feehan and Ryan Nugent

Scene of car collision on Rush Road, Skerries (Photo: Mark Condren)
Scene of car collision on Rush Road, Skerries (Photo: Mark Condren)
The scene of a fatal crash on the Skerries to Loughshinny road early this morning. Pic:Mark Condren
The scene of a fatal crash on the Skerries to Loughshinny road early this morning. Pic:Mark Condren
The scene of a fatal crash on the Skerries to Loughshinny road early this morning. Pic:Mark Condren

A community has been left in shock after the death of a much-loved young woman in a car crash last night.

Two people were also seriously injured in the car crash in north county Dublin.

This brings to seven the number of people killed on Irish roads in little over 48 hours.

The latest accident happened when the car in which the victim was travelling crashed head-on into a cut-stone wall on the Skerries to Loughshinny (R128) Road at around half past midnight.

Local sources say the crash happened a short distance from where the woman lived and that she was being dropped home after finishing work in a pub.

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, and a female passenger in her late teens, were rushed to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where they were described as being in a serious condition.

The scene of a fatal crash on the Skerries to Loughshinny road early this morning.
Pic:Mark Condren
The scene of a fatal crash on the Skerries to Loughshinny road early this morning. Pic:Mark Condren

The young woman has been described as "a lovely, pleasant girl" who was "always wearing a smile".

The car, a blue Audi A3, was thrown onto its passenger side in the force of the crash.

The scene of a fatal crash on the Skerries to Loughshinny road early this morning.
Pic:Mark Condren
The scene of a fatal crash on the Skerries to Loughshinny road early this morning. Pic:Mark Condren

This morning the scene remained sealed off pending a forensic examination by trained Garda crash investigators.

That examination was expected to occur after first light.

Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed units from Skerries and Finglas attended the scene in which there was one person confirmed fatality and two serious injured.

Six other people have died on the roads in Ireland since Saturday night.

A male motorcyclist (46) has died after a collision involving a motorbike, a car and a van.

Gardaí at Dun Laoghaire are investigating all the circumstances of a fatal road traffic incident at York Rd, Dun Laoghaire at approximately 11.45am.

In a statement officers confirmed that the incident involved the motor cyclist, a car and a van.

The man was taken to St Vincent's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A post mortem is expected to take place.

The road has been sealed off for forensic collision investigations. Diversions are in place.

This is the sixth fatality in less than 48 hours on Irish roads. and this man is the third motorcyclist to lose his life on Irish roads in the last 48 hours.

Earlier today a 50-year-old man died after the car he was driving collided with a truck in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny.

On Sunday a motorcyclist died after a collision at Ballinaclough, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick at 3.30pm.

The man, who was in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly before 7pm on Saturday a motorcyclist, in his early 20s, was killed after two bikers collided on Hartstown Road in Blanchardstown.

On Saturday night Lee Henry (13) from Darndale was killed while crossing a road in Clonshaugh, North Dublin.

The teen had been crossing the R139 near the Belcamp House entrance with friends when he was struck at 9.35pm by a black Volkswagen Golf which failed to remain at the scene.

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