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Sunday 17 December 2017

Dad second to die at the same spot in two months

Kathryn Hayes and Ralph Riegel

A FATHER of two was killed in a road accident yesterday, just 200 metres from the site of a crash last month which claimed the life of a 13-month-old baby boy.

Originally from west Clare, John Hinchey (34), of Oakfield, Father Russell Road, Raheen, Limerick, died after the van he was driving was involved in a head-on collision with an articulated truck on the Cork-Limerick road.

Dense fog is believed to have been a contributory factor to the fatal crash, which occurred at around 6.30am on the N20 Cork-Limerick road between Charleville and Rourke's Cross.

The victim, a married father of two young children was pronounced dead at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

He is survived by his wife and two children, including his six-month-old baby.

The driver of the lorry, who was travelling in the direction of Limerick, was treated in hospital for minor injuries.

It is understood that Mr Hinchey -- who was an electrician -- was travelling to work in Cork at the time of the accident.

Gardai are investigating how the crash occurred and detectives have spoken to a number of people who witnessed the collision.

Gardai closed the road so experts could carry out a technical examination of the accident scene.

Heavy fog blanketed many parts of north Cork yesterday morning and gardai were examining whether weather conditions would have been a factor in the tragedy.


The fatal collision occurred just a short distance from the scene of last month's tragic accident in which a baby boy lost his life.

Thirteen-month-old Thomas Anthony O'Brien from Charleville, Co Cork, died on February 4 when the car in which he was travelling was also involved in a head-on collision, with a van travelling towards Limerick.

A six-year-old girl who was in the same car suffered serious head injuries in the crash.

Witnesses to yesterday's collision are asked to contact gardai in Bruff on 061 382103 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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