Sunday 16 June 2019

Latest car fatality follows weekend's grim toll

The scene of an accident in which a pedestrian died near Fermoy in Co Cork on Sunday
The scene of an accident in which a pedestrian died near Fermoy in Co Cork on Sunday

Ed Carty and  Grainne Cunningham

A WOMAN died in a two-car crash at lunchtime yesterday, following a grim weekend which saw five other people lose their lives on the country's roads.

The woman, who was in her 40s, died after her car was involved in a collision with another vehicle in Finglas in Dublin.

A man was also brought to James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown after the incident, which took place between the Texaco Garage, Coolquay, and the White House Pub on the N2, at 12.40pm.His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. After the accident, a young boy was brought to Temple Street suffering from shock.

Meanwhile, the community of north Cork has been left reeling by two serious road accidents on Sunday.

Father-of-four James O'Sullivan was killed after being knocked down by a car, as he was walking less than 100 metres from his home at Grange, Fermoy, Co Cork, shortly before midnight on Sunday.

He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. His remains were later transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH), where a full post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday.

Mr O'Sullivan worked in the equestrian industry and was described as highly respected within the community and a devoted family man. His four children are all aged under 16 years and were yesterday being comforted by family, friends and neighbours.

Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to the tragic collision to contact them.

Meanwhile, a 52-year-old woman is fighting for her life after she suffered critical injuries in a collision with a lorry while out horseriding on Sunday morning.

The woman, who is also from Fermoy, remains in a critical condition in CUH, having suffered serious head and chest injuries. The horse was killed instantly in the accident, on the Fermoy-Ballyduff Road.

A man in his 20s was killed after his car went into a field on the Castlerea road near Roscommon just before 6pm. He was named as Joe Carthy, Donamon, Co Roscommon.

Driver

Earlier in the day, a lorry driver was killed when his vehicle left the road on the main Cootehill to Ballybay Road in Co Monaghan. He was in his 40s and is believed to be Scottish.

Motorcyclist Aiden Treanor (43) of Carrickrose, Emyvale, Co Monaghan, was killed at 10.30am on Sunday after his bike was involved in a collision with a car at Aghalisk on the Clones Road in Monaghan.

Road Safety Authority Chairman Gay Byrne said that the high number of deaths at the weekend was "unacceptable".

"I am appealing to everybody to realise that life is precious and fragile. It is held in place by the thinnest of threads, so don't risk it all because of a moment's stupidity on the roads."

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