Two lose lives in separate collisions
A young woman lost her life in a car crash in Cavan yesterday while an elderly Waterford man died in Spain in a hit-and-run incident.
Gardai are investigating a two-car collision, in which the 19-year-old woman lost her life and three other young people were hospitalised with injuries.
Nicola Roberts, originally from Dublin but living in Ballinagh, Co Cavan, was a back seat passenger in a car, that collided with another car, near Cootehill, at approximately 10.30pm on Tuesday. She died of her injuries a short time later.
The collision occurred on a straight stretch of road in the townland of Corravahan, near Drung, on the main R188 Cootehill to Cavan road.
Both cars were travelling in the Cavan direction. Driving conditions were described as very poor at the time. All four injured were treated by emergency personnel at the scene and taken to Cavan General Hospital.
Meanwhile, an elderly man who was in Spain for a winter break with his wife died when he was the victim of a suspected hit-and-run.
Retired Waterford Crystal worker Michael Barry (68) was holidaying on the Costa Blanca when he was struck by a car on Tuesday morning, 30 miles south of Alicante.
Police in the seaside town of Torrevieja were yesterday hunting a British driver reported to have fled the scene of the incident.
A police source said two cars were involved in a collision at a junction after one drove through a stop sign.
"One of the cars then hit the victim with great force as he walked down the street. He was trapped between the car and the wall of a house."