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Saturday 23 August 2014

Tragic dad of newborn loses fight for life

Caroline Crawford

Published 15/04/2014 | 02:30

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Slawomir Gostomski died in a car crash just hours after the birth of his second daughter
Slawomir Gostomski died in a car crash just hours after the birth of his second daughter

A YOUNG father of two has died after being involved in a car crash just hours after the birth of his baby daughter.

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Slawomir Gostomski (33), known to his friends as Slawek, had been travelling home from hospital following the birth of his baby girl Roxanne when the accident occurred on Saturday, April 5.

Mr Gostomski's car was in collision with another vehicle before crashing into the wall of the Halfway House in Islandeady, Co Mayo, at around 8pm that evening.

Mr Gostomski was rushed to hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital with extensive injuries.

But his life support machine was switched off one week after the accident.

Mr Gostomski, who was originally from Poland, had lived in Ireland for the past decade, where he had made his home with wife Violetta and 20-month-old son Simon in Westport.

Mr Gostomski had been travelling from the Castlebar hospital back to his home in the Ashwood estate in Westport when the accident happened.

Just one day earlier, his mother had arrived in the country from Poland to help the young family with their new arrival.

The family had been due to return to Poland later this year for a holiday, where Mr Gostomski was due to be best man at his brother's wedding.

Now his family are making arrangements to have his body flown home for burial.

Friends of the avid squash player remembered him for his devotion to his family and his love of the game.

Close friend Tony McCabe, who played squash with Mr Gostomski, described his death as "a tragedy beyond words".

"He didn't drink or smoke. His passions were his family and squash. We would play squash three times a week and just sit and chat over a coffee afterwards. He was just a lovely man," he added.

Members of the local squash club held a fundraising drive to raise money for Mr Gostomski's wife and children. A fundraising account has also been opened at the Bank of Ireland in Westport.

DEVASTATED

Gerry Galvin, of Westport Squash Club, said members had been left devastated by the tragedy.

Mr Galvin added that the young father had been "over the moon" about the pending birth of his daughter.

A memorial service will now be planned in Westport in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

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