Wednesday 13 December 2017

Husband of woman killed in crash dies of his injuries

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

THE husband of an 81-year-old woman killed in a horror road collision has died from his injuries.

Jim O'Brien (85) of Kilkea, Castledermot, Co Kildare, was the driver of a car which was in collision with a motorcycle last Friday.

His wife Betty and motorcyclist John Doyle (29) from Kilberry, Athy, Co Kildare, died at the scene. Mr O'Brien was rushed to Naas General Hospital, where he lost his fight for life yesterday.

It is understood the elderly couple had just left the home of their daughter Catherine Cullen and her husband Tom when the accident happened on the link road between Athy and the M9 in Co Kildare.

They were pulling out of the driveway when the motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the car, where Ms O'Brien was sitting.

Mrs Cullen is the couple's only child and they were known to visit her regularly.

A relative of Tom Cullen, who did not wish to be named, described Betty as a "quiet woman who led a simple life."

Mr O'Brien's death brings to five the number of people killed over the bank holiday weekend.

A woman in her early 50s – who was originally from the UK but living in the Dunmanway area in Co Cork died on Saturday when her Harley-Davidson left the road. The incident happened at Pike Hill about 2km outside Killarney.

It was the second road tragedy in the area in a 24-hour period. John Riordan (32) from Listry, Faha, near Killarney, died on Saturday following a single-vehicle car crash at Lahard near Beaufort.

Irish Independent

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