Saturday 23 June 2018

Garda probe as man in 20s killed when car struck wall

Gardaí investigate the scene near Kilshane Cross in Finglas where two male pedestrians were struck by a vehicle. Photo: Collins
Gardaí investigate the scene near Kilshane Cross in Finglas where two male pedestrians were struck by a vehicle. Photo: Collins

Ian Begley

Gardaí are investigating a fatal road crash in Wexford in which a man in his 20s was killed when the car he was driving hit a wall.

The man, named locally as Stephen Morrisey, from Enniscorthy, was seriously injured in the accident and was later pronounced dead.

Another man who was also involved in the single-vehicle crash was brought to Wexford General Hospital and his condition was described as serious.

The accident occurred in Ballinesker, Curracloe, Co Wexford, just before 11am yesterday.

Local Independent councillor John O'Rourke described Mr Morrisey as an "outgoing young man" who regularly gave a hand in the community.

"It's absolutely heartbreaking. I know the family well and Stephen played soccer under me at Ajax Athletic," he told the Irish Independent.

"He was a boisterous and outgoing young man who loved his music and going to festivals. He was the life and soul of any party. He always lifted up people's moods.

"One of the fondest memories I have of Stephen was when I was the manager of a local charity shop in Enniscorthy. There was a lady Stephen knew and he saw her carrying very heavy bags. He came in and took her bags, then dropped them straight to her door.

"Even though he had a hard man exterior, he was a loveable rogue and would give a hand for everyone.

"It's very sad for his mother and siblings. A shadow has been cast over Enniscorthy with another road tragedy."

Separately, two men were rushed to hospital after being struck by a car in Finglas, Dublin 11.

The men, aged in their 50s or 60s, were left seriously injured after the collision on the Kilshane Road in Finglas at 6.30am.

Gardaí believe that the two pedestrians were struck by a car and have appealed for witnesses.

Both men were initially taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital and one was subsequently transferred to St James's Hospital.

One of the men, aged in his 50s, was described as being in a serious condition last night. It is understood that the driver of the car was not injured in the incident.

The road was closed for a time, as forensic investigators were at scene.

Irish Independent

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