Sunday 19 January 2020

Four lose lives in weekend traffic accidents

Louise Hogan, Olivia Kelleher and Anne Lucey

FOUR people including a budding young businessman lost their lives in road accidents over the weekend.

The latest collision resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Polish national who died in Co Cork in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Emergency services had worked to free the young man as he ended up trapped under the vehicle after it became airborne.

The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

The single vehicle accident happened at Killeady, Crossbarry, at around 2.20am yesterday. A 34-year-old male passenger, also a Polish national, is being treated for serious injuries at Cork University Hospital. He is described as being in a stable condition.

The dead man has yet to be named as gardai were last night contacting his family members in Poland.

Just a few hours earlier -- around 11pm on Saturday night -- John Murphy (23), who farmed in the Boolavogue area of Co Wexford, died when the car he was driving hit a ditch.

The young man, who was alone in the car at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene at Ballyedmond, Gorey.

He was a popular GAA player who played a leading role in the junior hurling and football teams with Buffers Alley GAA Club. In 2005, he captained the club's minor hurling team which won the county championship.

He is survived by his parents Matt and Elizabeth and three sisters Bessie, Mary-Alice and Johanna.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact them at Enniscorthy garda station.

Elsewhere, a close-knit community in Co Kerry was shocked after a 21-year-old man lost his life in yet another collision. Timothy Lane, from Listowel, was killed in a two-car collision which occurred around 8.30am on Saturday morning on the N21 at Barnagh, near Newcastle West, in Co Limerick.

Mr Lane was driving one of the vehicles. The driver of the other car was hospitalised but his injuries were not believed to be serious. The young man, who comes from a dairy farming family in Listowel, worked with the Kerry Group in Charleville.

He was a graduate of the IT, Tralee and was previously a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

A further early morning collision on Saturday morning in Co Kildare, on the road between Carbury and Edenderry, claimed the life of Mohammad Saidu (45) from Leixlip, Co Kildare.

Irish Independent

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