Monday 18 December 2017

Driver in fatal crash hit traffic-calming island

The scene where a car driven by 24-year-old Martin Naughton hit a traffic island at Knockdoe, Co Galway
The scene where a car driven by 24-year-old Martin Naughton hit a traffic island at Knockdoe, Co Galway
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

FEARS over a stretch of road where a man lost his life were raised repeatedly with the council after new traffic-calming measures were introduced.

Martin Naughton (24), from Bodane in Tuam, Co Galway, died when his car hit a traffic island.

The father-of-one was the only occupant when the vehicle crashed at Knockdoe, Claregalway, at around 2.30am.

Mr Naughton was from a well-known family in the area.

His partner Linda and nine-month-old son Cillian were last night being comforted by friends and family.

Speaking from her Galway home, Mr Naughton's heartbroken mother Bernie said the family were devastated by their loss.

"We loved him so much. He was a brilliant son," she said.

Mr Naughton had been working in a supermarket in Ballymote.

Speaking of his devotion to his family, girlfriend and young son, his mother added: "No one saw him without a smile on his face. He was always happy."

Questions have now been raised about recent traffic calming measures that were introduced at the spot where Mr Naughton lost his life yesterday morning. Local councillor Jarlath McDonagh said there had been a large number of complaints since the works were completed last summer.

"We had been calling for traffic calming measures on the road because it was a blackspot and there had been a number of accidents, but since the work was done there have been a lot of complaints.

"People find it hard to manoeuvre between the traffic islands, they have to veer over the road," he said.

Mr McDonagh said he and colleagues had raised the matter with Galway County Council, who were reviewing the works.

"The council acted in good faith when they carried out the works but there has been a lot of complaints.

"The council were trying to solve the problem but after this they may have to re-adjust the islands," he added.

Council colleague Peter Roche described the works as "more an obstacle course than a traffic calming measure".

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact Galway garda station on 091-538000.

Irish Independent

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