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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Cyclist and student killed in separate tragedies on roads

Denise Crowley ‘had dedicated her life to helping others’
Denise Crowley ‘had dedicated her life to helping others’

Alan O'Keeffe

Two more people have been killed on Irish roads. A cyclist was killed yesterday when he was in collision with a car in Co Waterford.

Meanwhile, a young woman was killed when she was struck by a car in Co Kerry on Friday evening.

The cyclist who died was named locally as Eric Rutter, aged in his 40s and from Woodview, Dunmore East, Co 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 as she crossed the road was Denise Crowley (26), of Gortdarrig, Rathmore, Headford, Co 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 her 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.

"It's especially sad given it's coming up to Christmas and now no Christmas will ever be the same for her loved ones," he said.

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

"I believe it should have a 60kmh speed limit.

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

The road death toll for 2017 so far has risen to 146.

Irish Independent

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