Saturday 22 July 2017

Warning on speeding as four more people die in crashes

Steven McGrath-McCafferty, Teresa Robinson and Kaylem Ó Murachaidh who lost their lives in a triple traffic accident in Donegal. (North West Newspix)
Steven McGrath-McCafferty, Teresa Robinson and Kaylem Ó Murachaidh who lost their lives in a triple traffic accident in Donegal. (North West Newspix)
Scene of Donegal crash Credit: Joe Boland
Scene of Donegal crash Credit: Joe Boland
Scene of Donegal crash Credit: Joe Boland
Scene of Donegal crash Credit: Joe Boland

Caroline Crawford and Stephen Maguire

These are the faces of some of the country's latest tragic road crash victims.

Theresa Robinson (20), Kaylem Ó Murachaidh (19) and Steven McGrath-McCafferty (19) died in a head-on collision at 1am yesterday near Drumkeen, Co Donegal.

Gardaí believe the three victims knew the occupants of the other car. Another man injured in the crash was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital.

In a separate crash, musician Tony Rice (26) died when his car hit a concrete barrier near Killimor in Co Galway in the early hours of yesterday.

The mangled remains of the car involved in the fatal collision
in Co Donegal that caused the deaths of Theresa Robinson, Steven McGrath-McCafferty and Kaylem Ó Murachaidh. Photo: Margaret McLaughlin
The mangled remains of the car involved in the fatal collision in Co Donegal that caused the deaths of Theresa Robinson, Steven McGrath-McCafferty and Kaylem Ó Murachaidh. Photo: Margaret McLaughlin

The separate fatal crashes brings the death toll on the country's roads to eight in little over 24 hours.

Barney McGinley (28) and Dermot Boyle (19) were killed in a crash in Donegal at 4.45am on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Michael Naughton (24) and father-of-two Shane Fleming (42) lost their lives in separate accidents in Clane, Co Kildare and Castlefarm, Co Meath.

Inspector Michael Harrison, head of the Donegal Traffic Corps, yesterday stressed that the three biggest factors in the loss of life in Donegal were speeding, people not wearing seatbelts and drink-driving.

"These are the three factors which have been proven to be the biggest cause of life of life or serious injury in our county. I honestly don't know how many times we have to try and get this message out but we will not stop," he said.

Meanwhile, tributes were paid last night to drummer Tony Rice, who was a member of the band Big Generator.

A statement from the band yesterday evening said it was "officially the saddest day in Big G history".

Tony Rice (26) was a drummer with hugely popular band Big Generator, inset.
Tony Rice (26) was a drummer with hugely popular band Big Generator, inset.

It added: "We are devastated to have to announce that we lost our musical brother and friend Tony Rice today in a tragic car accident.

"Tony passed away in intensive care at UCHG surrounded by all of the band, family and friends. We are upset beyond words and all our thoughts are with his family at this time."

The 26-year-old was killed in an accident at 2.45am at Coolagh, Gurtymadden on the N65 Loughrea to Killimor road. The 26-year-old was seriously injured after his car collided with a concrete barrier.

Local councillor Jimmy McClearn said the community was devastated by the tragic death.

"It's been a horrendous week for Galway with three tragic deaths on our roads. We just can never be vigilant enough on our roads."

Irish Independent

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