Friday 24 November 2017

'Lake of water' on road led to death

Gordon Deegan

A WOMAN lost her life after driving through "a lake of water" on a motorway, an inquest has heard.

An eye-witness to the fatal crash 6km north of Ennis, Co Clare, that claimed the life of student Vicky Courtney (26), said "that kind of water shouldn't be on a motorway".

As a result of yesterday's evidence into the fatal crash and a recommendation from the jury, Clare Coroner Isobel O'Dea is to write to the National Roads Authority (NRA) stating that the country's motorway system should not contain any pools of water.

Frank O'Connor, from Co Roscommon said that Ms Courtney had to drive through "a lake of water" underneath a bridge on a motorway before losing control of her car, which rolled over several times.


Mr O'Connor accepted that there was extremely heavy rain on the afternoon.

The fatal crash occurred at 4pm on November 18 last, five days before the Co Galway woman was due to celebrate her 27th birthday.

Mr O'Connor said that Ms Courtney's car had to aqua-surf through the water at the scene of the accident at Ballyline, Crusheen, on the motorway linking Limerick to Gort.

Ms Courtney's car spun 360 degrees after driving through the water throwing the woman from the car.

Vicky's mother, Pamela, was a front-seat passenger in the car and was also injured in the crash.

They were driving home to Athenry, Co Galway, after dropping off relatives at Shannon Airport.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Irish Independent

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