Tuesday 19 September 2017

Young mother killed in road crash named as oldest child remains in 'serious' condition

Elaine Keogh and Amy Molloy

A young mother has died after a road crash, while one of her children is understood to be in a serious condition in hospital.

Gardai in Meath have confirmed that the woman, named locally as Emma O'Keeffe, passed away after she was injured in a collision yesterday afternoon.

She was travelling with her two children when they were involved in a two-vehicle collision on the Nobber to Kingscourt road.

She passed away in the Intensive Care Unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda earlier this morning.  She was aged 26 and is from county Meath.

Emma O'Keeffe
Emma O'Keeffe

The oldest boy (6) is said to be in a serious condition in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin. The other boy (2) was also brought to hospital. His condition is unknown.

"The collision occurred at approximately 1pm at Leggagh, Castletown, Navan," a garda spokesman said.

"The three occupants (2, 6 and 26 years old)  of the car were brought to Drogheda and Crumlin Hospitals (1 male juvenile and the female driver in Drogheda, 1 male juvenile in Crumlin). There was no one else in the car. The driver of the truck was unharmed.

"The female driver later died in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in  Drogheda."

Cllr Michael Gallagher (SF) offered his condolences to the family.

"It’s very tragic. The family only moved into a house in Nobber about a year ago and people in the area are shocked and saddened.

"We're going through a very bad spell on Irish roads at the moment and it’s a terrible thing to happen. My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."

Gardaí in Navan are appealing for witnesses to contact them in Navan on 048 9036100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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