Monday 23 October 2017

Gardai investigate two fatal accidents on roads

Paul Melia and Pat Flynn

GARDAI are investigating three serious accidents over the weekend which left two people dead.

A 36-year-old woman died in Clare early on Saturday morning when her car left the road and smashed into a tree, while a pedestrian in his 30s died in Galway after being struck by a car.

The woman who died in Clare was named locally as Aileen Page, who was living in Raheen in Limerick city.

Ms Page was just a few kilometres from where she worked at Shannon Airport when the collision occurred at 5am on the main N18 Limerick to Galway road at Hurler's Cross.

The deceased worked for ground-handling agent Servisair at the airport.

Two units of the fire brigade along with HSE emergency medical services rushed to the incident, however, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.


There was no other person in the car at the time.

The victim's body was removed to Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem was carried out.

Aileen is survived by her husband Wayne, parents Stephen and Margaret, her brother Denis and sister Ciara.

Gardai are investigating the possibility that the victim may have swerved to avoid an animal on the road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Shannon garda station on 061 365900.

Ms Page will be laid to rest on Wednesday following noon Mass at St Mary's Church in Pallaskenry.

Meanwhile, gardai at Spiddal, Co Galway, are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road collision which occurred at 1am on Saturday morning on the R336 at Salahooona, Spiddal.

Pedestrian, Seamus Cooley, from Cnocan Glas, Spiddal, died after being struck by a car just a short distance from his home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Cooley was in his mid-30s.

The female driver of the car was uninjured, but very shocked as a result of the tragedy.

The deaths bring the number of victims killed on the roads so far this year to 71.

A collision in Dublin left two men injured after a pedestrian was struck by a motorcyclist on Rochestown Avenue in Dun Laoghaire at 9pm on Saturday night.

Both men were taken to St Vincent's Hospital, but their injuries are not life-threatening.

Irish Independent

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