Monday 19 February 2018

'Life is not fair' - Grieving partner says crash victim was due to become a dad again

Valdis Gabranovs
Valdis Gabranovs
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The man killed in a two-car collision in north county Dublin on Wednesday night was due to become a father again in three months time.

Valdis Gabranovs (35) was on his way to his Rush home when his car crossed on to the other side of the road at a tight bend just yards from his housing estate.

He collided head-on with an Audi coming in the other direction and died at the scene.

Tragically, he was not wearing a seatbelt. Three people in the Audi were injured.

Mr Gabranovs's partner Inita Mezaka (35) has told how their baby boy is due in three months time.

"Life is not fair," she told the Irish Independent.

"Valdis had been out to see a friend and somehow this crash happened. Gardaí do not know why yet.

"Somehow he crossed to the other side of the road and crashed. If he was wearing his seatbelt he would probably still be alive."

Photo: Mark Condren
Photo: Mark Condren

The couple had a 21-month-old daughter, and Mr Gabranovs had an older boy from a previous relationship.

"I got a call late at night from a friend asking if Valdis was home. He should have been by then but he wasn't. Then I heard there had been an accident and I went up to see if it was Valdis's car," Ms Mezaka said.

"Then gardaí came and told me it was, and that he had died.

"Yesterday morning I had to identify his body in hospital. You hope that maybe gardaí had made a mistake, that it will be like in the movies, but no, I saw him there, not breathing," she said.

Ms Mezaka described her partner as an outdoors enthusiast with a passion and talent for fishing.

"He loved to fish, he would release the fish after he caught them. It was the sport of it was his passion," she said.

Mr Gabranovs worked for the Keogh's potato chips company as a line operator.

"We are from Latvia, and have been in Ireland for 10 years. I don't know what we will do now," she said.

"I had to phone Valdis's family and tell them what happened. They are all devastated," she said.

The crash happened on a sharp bend on the Skerries to Rush road at 11.45pm on Wednesday.

The three occupants of the Audi car, a 24-year-old woman and two men aged 45 and 28, were injured and taken to Beaumont and Connolly Memorial hospitals.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information to contact Balbriggan garda dtation on 01 8020510, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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