Saturday 3 December 2016

Two gardai injured in crash which claimed pensioner's life 'making good recovery in hospital'

Published 02/02/2016 | 12:11

The scene of the crash in Ardrahan, Co Galway, where a man in his sixties was killed and two gardaí were injured. Photo: Andrew Downes
The scene of the crash in Ardrahan, Co Galway, where a man in his sixties was killed and two gardaí were injured. Photo: Andrew Downes

TWO gardai who were injured in a crash which claimed the life of a pensioner are making a good recovery in hospital today.

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Gardai Peter Murtagh and Sharon Casserly suffered serious injuries in the Galway crash which caused the death of 66-year-old Liam McDonald.

The city native, who was a resident of the Little Flower nursing home in Ardrahan, died at the scene after he was hit by a car at 12.30am on Monday morning on the N18 near Ardrahan.

The gardai, who were on patrol looking for Mr McDonald at the time, were both injured in the crash. Gda Casserly is understood to have suffered leg injuries while Gda Murtagh sustained injuries to his arm and head.

The pair are still receiving care at University Hospital Galway.

“They are still in hospital and they are recovering. They were not critically injured but it will be up to medics when they are released,” said a garda spokesperson.

A Garda investigation into the crash is continuing and gardai renewed their appeal for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

The health watchdog HIQA is also reviewing the incident as Mr McDonald was a resident of a nursing home.

An investigation by Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) was completed yesterday after they found there was no garda misconduct involved.

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