Sunday 18 March 2018

Community in shock after mother and son (14) killed in car collision

Three people killed on Ireland's roads over the weekend

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Caroline Crawford and Catherine Devine

A GALWAY community is reeling this morning after the death of a young mum and her teenage son.

The young woman, who was in her 30s, was killed alongside her 14-year-old son when the car they were travelling in hit a tree at around 9.45pm on Sunday night.

Locals in Ballygar, Co Galway told of their shock this morning as news of the double tragedy spread.

Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Michael Connolly said the area was reeling this morning as news of the tragedy spread.

“They are just the nicest family and really well respected in the area. This is a huge shock for the whole community who will rally around the family.

“It’s a terrible situation and everybody is in a state of shock this morning."

He continued: “They were just in the car going to the shop when the car went off the road and into a tree.

“It’s horrible. Ballygar is such a small community in a country area.”

The mother and her son were the only occupants of the car when it hit the tree last night. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood a nurse came upon the scene of the accident last night but was unable to do anything to help the mother and her young son.

A local priest also attended the scene and prayed for the tragic family.

Their remains were taken to University Hospital Galway where post mortem examinations will be carried out.

The road is closed this morning to allow Gardai to carry out a technical examination.

The deaths bring to three the number of fatalities on Ireland's roads this weekend.

A woman in her 50s died following a road accident in Co Sligo on Sunday afternoon.

The woman, who was a passenger on a motorcycle, was seriously injured when it collided with a car on the N16 (Sligo to Manorhamilton road) near Drumkinsellagh, Co Sligo.

She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Her body was removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Sligo.

The driver of the motor cycle, a male in his 50s, was also taken to hospital.

Gardai say his condition is understood to be serious. The occupants of the car were uninjured.

A garda spokesperson said: “Garda forensic collision investigators are at the scene. The road is closed to traffic and local diversions are in place. The local coroner has been notified.”

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Sligo Garda Station 071-9157000."

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