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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Four die in separate weekend road crashes

Majella O'Sullivan and Fergus Black

FOUR people lost their lives in separate accidents over the weekend, bringing to 171 the number killed on Irish roads so far this year.

A man and woman were killed in two separate single vehicle crashes in counties Cavan and Kerry yesterday.

Louise McKenna, a 27-year-old mother of one, was a front seat passenger in a car that went out of control about one mile from Lixnaw on the Abbeydorney road, Co Kerry. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her partner, Michael Conway, a Kerry county hurler and former Labour candidate in the local elections, was injured in the crash. The couple have a six-year-old son.

There were six people in the car when it crashed at Irrebeg at 3.30am, including some of Mr Conway's team mates on the Lixnaw hurling team that were beaten in the county final last weekend.

It is understood they had attended a 21st birthday party earlier that evening.

Mr Conway and another man were taken to Kerry General Hospital where they were said to be in a stable condition. A man and a woman were also treated for injuries at the hospital but were later discharged.

A native of Ballinclogher, Lixnaw, Ms McKenna was well known and worked in a local shop. Locals described her as a "very friendly girl" who was well liked.

A 23-year-old man died in hospital from serious injuries after he lost control of his car on the R191 at Tullylorcan, Beglieve, Co Cavan at around 1.30am yesterday.

Gardai in Cavan issued an appeal last night for witnesses to come forward.

It's understood the man was seriously injured after his car crashed at the side of the road, and he was taken to Cavan General Hospital, where he later died.

The victim's name was withheld pending relatives being informed. No one else was in the car, and no other vehicle was involved.

Meanwhile, a woman was killed instantly when she was involved in a three-car collision at around 10.30pm last night.

The crash happened on the N21 between Barna and Garryduff Cross, Co Limerick. At least two others were rushed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

Gardai at nearby Newcastlewest closed off the stretch of road to carry out forensic tests of the horrific scene to try and find the cause of the incident. They are appealing for anyone with information about the crash to contact them on 069 20650.

In Limerick, a 37-year-old motorcyclist died following a collision between his bike and a car. The accident happened at Newcastle, Castletroy about 7pm on Saturday.

Following the accident, the motorcyclist was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital where he died of his injuries a short time later.

Two people who were killed in separate road accidents in counties Kilkenny and Cork on Friday have been named by gardai. Kay Moore (46) from Piltown Co Kilkenny, died after her car crashed into a ditch at Kildalton, Piltown.

Gerard Barrett (41) from Farranree, Cork was killed when his car was involved in a collision with a truck near the village of Rathduff on the main Cork to Mallow Road.

Of those who have lost their lives so far this year, 77 were drivers and 43 were vehicle passengers while 33 pedestrians have also been killed.

Irish Independent

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