A MAN who died in a road smash had twice tried to take his own life in car crashes, after previously causing a collision that led to the death of a 12-year-old girl.
Raymond Forde (31) from Cahermorris, Corrandulla, Co Galway, was killed in a crash on the Headford road, six miles from Galway, early yesterday.
He was alone in the car when it crashed at around 2.45am. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were taken to University Hospital Galway.
In February 1999 Mr Forde had been sentenced to five years' jail for causing the death of a 12-year-old girl when he was just 17. Sharon Creaven died when he tried to overtake three cars on a continuous white line in May 1998.
At the time of his trial he told the court that he would gladly have given his own life in place of his young victim.
It also emerged that the young man had attempted to take his own life twice in the months following the death, writing off one car near Shrule and driving another into a bog.
Gardai in Galway are appealing to anyone who may have travelled between the Balrobuck Beg and Balrobuck Mor areas early yesterday to contact them.
Elsewhere, a pedestrian is fighting for his life in hospital after being knocked down during morning rush-hour traffic.
The 72-year-old was stuck by a car on the Clontarf Road in Dublin, near the junction with Stiles Road.
And a young man is recovering in hospital after he was found trapped in a crashed car that was discovered hanging over a sea wall in Co Clare early yesterday. It's understood that the 23-year-old lay injured in the car for an hour or longer.
A passer-by discovered the crashed Honda car on the coast road close to Cappa village in west Clare.