Tuesday 20 March 2018

Crash victim's dad died on same stretch of road

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

THE father of a young man killed in a horrific road traffic accident died in a crash on the same stretch of road 12 years ago.

Simon Hand (24) was driving a red Mini Cooper -- which belonged to his girlfriend -- on the Hartstown Road in west Dublin when he lost control of the car and mounted a grass verge, colliding with a tree.

The accident happened at 4.15am on Monday after a night out at Heaven nightclub in Blanchardstown.

In a tragic twist of fate, Simon's father Joseph was also killed less than 50 yards away in a road traffic accident in May 2000 after attempting to overtake a bus.

Dean Cullen, who was sitting in the passenger seat and had turned 21 last week, was killed instantly.

Firefighters had to use cutting equipment to free both men from the car.

Mr Hand was seriously injured and taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital where he later died.

His long-term girlfriend, Aideen Lynch, was told the devastating news after arriving home yesterday morning having spent five days in New York.

Mr Hand had attended Hartstown Community School in Clonsilla and worked at a Tesco store in Cabra.

It is understood the car was being driven at great speed when it mounted the grass verge and crashed into the tree.

Mr Hand's distraught family told the Irish Independent they were "heartbroken" by Simon's untimely death, particularly as his father was killed on the same road just 12 years ago.

"He was a beautiful, kind-hearted person who was loved by all," his mother Olive said.

Mr Cullen, from Mount Symon Green in Clonsilla, had planned to become a fitness instructor and was studying sports and leisure management at Colaiste Ide in Finglas.

The family was too upset to comment.

Their deaths bring to 141 the number of people killed on the roads so far this year, which compares to 145 fatalities for around the same time last year.

Irish Independent

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