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Friday 24 March 2017

Valdis (35) killed in Rush road accident

Valdis Gabranovs who died in the collision
Valdis Gabranovs who died in the collision
The scene of the accident on the Skerries Road

John Manning

The 35-year-old man who lost his life in a fatal crash in Rush, last week was three months away from becoming a father again.

Valdis Gabranovs (35) was on his way to his Rush home when his car crossed on to the other side of the road at a tight bend and collided head-on with an Audi coming in the other direction, causing fatal injury.

Valdis died at the scene of the accident and the three occupants of the other car involved in the crash were all taken to hospital, suffering from non-life threatening injuries to the torso and lower body.

The collision occurred at 11.40pm last Wednesday night (February 1) on the Skerries to Rush Road.

The three occupants of the Audi were all conscious but the driver of a VW Passat, later identified as Valdis Gabranovs, was unconscious.

On advice from the Dublin Fire Brigade, gardai removed Mr Gabranovs from the car and performed CPR.

The fire brigade soon arrived and paramedics later pronounced the 35-year-old dead at the scene.

He was removed to the morgue at James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

The three injured occupants of the other car, two men and one woman, ranging in ages from 25 to 32 were taken to Beaumont Hospital and The Mater Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination and diversions were put in place around the accident which occurred on the R128 or Skerries Road in Rush.

Valdis Gabranovs was originally from Latvia but had been living in Ireland for 10 years and had made Rush his home. He worked for Keogh's Crisps in Oldtown.

Mr Gabnranov's partner, Inita Mezaka spoke to the Irish Independent in the wake of the tragic accident and told how she and Valdis were expecting a baby boy in three months time.

'Life is not fair,' Inita said.

The couple have another 21-month-old daughter and Mr Gabranovs had an older boy from a previous relationship.

Inita had the difficult task of identifying the 35-year-old's body and said: 'Yesterday morning I had to identify his body in hospital. You hope that maybe gardaí had made a mistake, that it will be like in the movies, but no, I saw him there, not breathing.'

Valdis loved to fish and enjoyed the outdoor life that living in north County Dublin offered him and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 8020510, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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