Sunday 25 February 2018

Family of young victim 'numb' with grief after one killed and five injured in crash - priest

R618 Cork to Ballincollig Road Credit: Google Maps
R618 Cork to Ballincollig Road Credit: Google Maps

Meadhbh McGrath

The family of a young man who was killed in a two-car crash in Cork is "numb" with grief.

The young man was killed in the collision which occurred on the R618 Cork to Ballincollig Road at about 8.30pm Tuesday night.

One car with five men in their early 20s on board collided with a second car occupied by two women in their late 20s at an area known at Leemount Cross.

The deceased, aged in his early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem is due to take place today.

The young man is believed to be from the Gilabbey Street area of the city.

Speaking to, Father Paul O’Donoghue of The Lough said the family is devastated.

“The family are obviously devastated. They’re numb, they can’t say anything about it,” he said.

“The community are in shock and everybody’s gathering around them.

"There’s six of them in hospital, they’re fairly seriously injured.

“When something happens to a young person like that it’s an awful shock to the people here. All we can do is keep them in our thoughts and prayers.” 

The driver of this car, a man also aged in his 20s, has been taken to Cork University Hospital with what are described as 'critical' injuries.

The three other occupants of this car (all men) and the two women from the other car were also all taken to hospital.

Their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses following the collision yesterday evening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballincollig Garda Station 021 421 4080 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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