Saturday 20 January 2018

Hit-and-run on ex-soldier one of four road deaths

The scene at Rathbeg, Rathmore, Co Kerry, following a car crash that claimed the life of a youngman.
The scene at Rathbeg, Rathmore, Co Kerry, following a car crash that claimed the life of a youngman.

Greg Harkin, Luke Byrne and Majella O'Sullivan

A FORMER Army chef has been killed in a hit-and-run accident -- one of four people killed on the roads.

Gardai leading the investigation into the death of Eunan McDevitt have appealed to the driver to come forward.

The 47-year-old father of two was found by the side of the N15 near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, at 12.35am on Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Supt Leo McGinn told the Irish Independent that forensic experts were hopeful they would identify the make and colour of the car which struck Mr McDevitt.

"Material has been recovered from the scene and we are working to identify the vehicle," he said.

Mr McDevitt was originally from Ballybofey but had been living in Ballyshannon. He had recently left the Army having worked as a chef at Finner Camp. Gardai are still trying to establish where he was walking to when the incident happened, as he was walking northwards away from where he lived.

Supt McGinn appealed for witnesses and, in particular, to anyone who travelled on the stretch of road between midnight and 12.40am on Saturday to contact Ballyshannon garda station at 071 9858530 or the confidential line 1800 666111.

Meanwhile, Fergal Cullen (40), from Annacurra, Aughrim, Co Wicklow, died in the early hours of Sunday morning when the car he was driving struck a wall in the town of Aughrim.

Mr Cullen was alone in the vehicle at the time and was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident, which occurred at around 3.40am. His body was taken to St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, for a post-mortem examination.

And gardai are appealing for witnesses to a crash on Saturday night which claimed the life of a 22-year-old man. Don Murphy from Knocknaloman, Ballydaly, Co Cork, died when the car he was driving crashed at Rathbeg in the village of Rathmore, Co Kerry, between 10.30pm and 10.50pm.

Mr Murphy lost control of the car -- a dark blue Honda Civic -- on the N72 within the 50kmh zone of the village, about 22km from Killarney.

The car veered across the road, hitting a concrete post and plunged about 10 feet before landing on its side in a field. The ESB employee was the sole occupant of the car. Gardai in Kanturk, who are investigating the accident, can be contacted at 029-20680.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old man who died in a single-car crash close to Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, on Friday morning has been named as Fionan O'Kane of College Park, Dunshaughlin.

Irish Independent

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