Saturday 20 January 2018

Two young Irishmen killed in separate traffic accidents abroad

Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Phnom Penh , Cambodia

Ralph Riegel and Tom Shiel

Two young Irishmen have died in separate traffic accidents abroad.

Tomas Beecher (30), from Cork died when he was struck by a vehicle in Cambodia while Padraig O’Dea (26) from Mayo died from injuries after falling from the back of a moving taxi in London.

The heartbroken families of both men are now making arrangements to have their sons remains brought home for burial.

Mr Beecher from Ballynoe, outside Fermoy in Cork, was on holiday in Cambodia when the accident happened on Saturday.

He was attempting to cross the Monivong Boulevard in the capital, Phnom Penh, while pushing a bicycle when he was hit by a passing jeep.

Despite medical efforts to help the stricken holidaymaker, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

In London Padraig O’Dea from Kilmaine, Ballinrobe sustained serious head injuries around 1am yesterday after falling from a taxi on Alexandra Road in Harrow, North West London.

The young engineer and GAA player later died in a London hospital.

The taxi driver had travelled only a short distance when he saw that his rear tailgate was open and a man rolling behind the vehicle.

Scotland Yard has appealed for witnesses to come forward to help officers discover how the man ended up in the taxi. His GAA club Kilmaine paid tribute to him as a man with the “heart of a lion on the field and a gentleman off it”

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