Wednesday 17 October 2018

Cyclist and pedestrian killed in separate incidents on Irish roads this weekend

Denise Crowley who died in a road traffic accident
Denise Crowley who died in a road traffic accident

Alan O'Keeffe and Laura Lynott

Two more people were killed on Irish roads over the weekend.

A cyclist was killed today when he was in a collision with a car in County Waterford.

A young woman was killed when struck by a car in County Kerry on Friday evening.

The cyclist who died was named locally as Eric Rutter, a man in his 40s from Woodview, Dunmore East, County Waterford.

He died at the scene of the collision which happened at 7am at Kilcop on the Dunmore Road near Woodstown.

Gardaí appealed for witnesses to contact Waterford garda station.

Mr Rutter was the 15th cyclist to be killed on Irish roads this year. Cyclist deaths are up 60pc in Ireland this year so far as 10 cyclists lost their lives last year.

The young woman  killed in County Kerry was Denise Crowley (26) of Gortdarrig, Rathmore, Headford, County Kerry. She died after she was struck by a car while crossing the road after getting off a bus in Glenflesk village at 7.15pm on Friday.

A computer science student at University College, Cork, she was making her way to a meeting point where he mother was due to collect her to bring her home for the weekend.

Ms Crowley had dedicated her life to helping others, said Rathmore parish priest Fr George Hayes.

She had been a teenage member of the Social Action Group in Rathmore - where she devoted her spare time to visiting the elderly in her community.

She went on to offer assistance to young people in her community and beyond as a woman with a skill for computing, he said.

 The community has been plunged into “shock” according to former Killarney mayor Donal Grady, who labelled the road a “serious danger spot.”

“This is a road we’ve campaigned tirelessly about where there’s been numerous collisions but so far our campaign has fallen on deaf ears.

“This young woman was on her way across the road and sadly she never made it and it’s especially sad given it’s coming up to Christmas and now no Christmas will ever be the same for her loved ones.

“We’ve tried hard to get the speed limit on this road lowered and it’s now time something was done about this.  100km is too high for a small rural road. 

I believe it should have a 60km speed limit.

“It’s running right through a village. Enough is enough. We don’t want to see any more lives lost,” he said.

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