Three die in traffic accidents
THREE people have died and three others have been seriously injured in separate road accidents.
Gardai in Athy, Co Kildare are investigating a road traffic accident involving two vehicles that resulted in the death of a 59-year-old woman yesterday afternoon.
The collision occurred at 4.30pm on the R418 at Youngstown on the Kilcullen to Athy Road, when an SUV was in collision with a car.
The accident left one woman dead and her 16-year-old daughter seriously injured.
The male driver of the SUV, who is in his 30s, and his female front-seat passenger were also seriously injured.
The injured parties were rushed to Naas General Hospital.
The road between Fontstown Cross and Kilmaede Village was closed yesterday while Garda forensic investigators examined the scene.
On Monday, an inpatient at Limerick's Mid-Western Regional Hospital was knocked down and fatally injured after crossing the road to buy an ice-cream at a local Supermac's restaurant.
And a 23-year-old man died after being in a collision with a car in Co Westmeath.
In Limerick Michael Doran (69) from Templemore, Co Tipperary was walking across St Nessan's Road returning to the hospital when he was struck by a car at approximately 8pm.
Mr Doran was believed to be in a feeble condition at the time of his death and was using a wheelchair as a walking aid when tragedy struck.
He had been a patient at the hospital for the previous week, where he was being treated for a chest complaint. Following a full technical examination gardai say they are treating the incident as an accident.
The HSE has confirmed that an investigation is under way to establish how Mr Doran left the hospital grounds.
Local councillor Richard Butler says the news has come as a major shock to the local community, particularly at this time of year.
"It's a tragic accident and my sympathies go out to the man who was killed and the man who was driving the car. At this time of the year it's going to be very difficult on his family and my deepest sympathies go out to them.
"It was simply a tragic accident -- the driver simply didn't see him.
"Finding a car park space at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital has long been a problem and means many people are parking on roads and footpaths surrounding the hospital. This could have played a part in this tragedy.
"With cars parked all over the place, it makes it very difficult to see people coming out from behind cars," Mr Butler explained.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man from Kilcock, Co Kildare died yesterday when he was hit by a taxi while out walking on the N4 at Clongowney in Co Westmeath.
He has been named as Aaron Moore from Celbridge, Co Kildare.
The fatal crash near Mullingar occurred shortly before 5am and is being treated as a tragic accident.
The latest deaths bring to five the number of people killed on Irish roads this Christmas.
Elsewhere, a young man in his early 20s who suffered critical injuries after falling out of a car on Christmas Day is still receiving treatment at Cork University Hospital.
The passenger in the car suffered serious head injuries after falling out of the moving vehicle as it drove through Cloyne in east Cork.