Wednesday 20 September 2017

Two more killed as road victims remembered

A 20-year-old man was seriously injured when the car in which he was a passenger hit a ditch on the Loughrea to Gort road in Co Galway.
A 20-year-old man was seriously injured when the car in which he was a passenger hit a ditch on the Loughrea to Gort road in Co Galway.
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

TWO people were killed on the roads at the weekend and a third man remains in a critical condition after being involved in a crash.

The three separate incidents happened between Saturday evening and yesterday morning.

Breege O'Carolan, from Mohill, Co Leitrim, was struck by a car on the outskirts of the village shortly after 5pm on Saturday evening.

Mrs O'Carolan, who was in her early 60s, was out on her daily walk on her regular route when she was struck by a car along the R201 road near the small village.

She was taken to hospital in Sligo but was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the car escaped uninjured.

Mrs O'Carolan and her husband Michael ran the popular village pub, O'Carolan's, on Glebe Street in Mohill.

In Co Galway, a man was killed when his car struck a traffic light early yesterday.

Michael Conlon (65) died in the village of Barna shortly before 6am. He was removed to hospital in Galway for a post-mortem examination.

Gardai in Salthill have made an appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man remains critically ill in hospital in Galway after the car in which was a passenger hit a ditch. The accident occurred on the N66 Loughrea to Gort road at 4.30am yesterday.

NUMBER

The two deaths over the weekend bring to 163 the number of people killed on our roads to date this year.

Yesterday marked the international day of remembrance for the victims of such incidents.

'World Day of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims' is held every year as a mark of respect to the 23,405 people who have lost their lives on the roads in Ireland since records began in 1959.

Michael Rowland, from the RSA, said that the remembrance day was about "showing solidarity with the loved ones and families of those people", and that it should serve as a "timely reminder of our own behaviour on the roads".

Irish Independent

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