Sunday 25 August 2019

Man (69) found dead on roundabout would have celebrated birthday day after crash

Dickie with Nicola Kyne
The man’s body was found in a car in Galway
Richard and friend Margaret Kyne
Richard Beswick, known by his friends as Dickie.
Richard with friend Nicola Kyne

Caroline Crawford and Geraldine Gittens

A CLOSE friend of Richard Beswick, who was found dead in a crashed car on a Galway roundabout, has described how his main aim in life was to make people laugh.

Margaret Kyne described the 68-year-old as being part of their family adding that his tragic death has left 'an unfillable gap' in their lives.

Richard with friends Margaret and Nicola Kyne
Richard with friends Margaret and Nicola Kyne

Mr Beswick, known as Dickie to his friends, was due to celebrate his 69th birthday last Tuesday.

Tragically he is believed to have died on Monday night, as he returned to the Galway Clinic.

Margaret told that she became concerned when she didn't hear from him on Tuesday morning.

"We would talk two or three times a day but especially on his birthday. He looked forward to that call. He asked me on Monday evening what time I'd be calling," she said.

The widower, whose wife Kitty died 12 years ago, had undergone tests at the Galway clinic on Monday. He had been due to have an ultrasound but also underwent a biopsy while there.

"He was in good spirits at 8pm that night when we talked. But when I couldn't reach him the following day I knew something was wrong.

"We think he must have taken a turn on Monday night and was driving himself back to the clinic. He had bad eyesight and I'd say he just didn't see the roundabout, but we'll never know," she added.

Mr Beswick's remains were discovered yesterday in a crashed car on the Martin roundabout right beside the Galway clinic.

Galway gardai made the discovery after a member of the public travelling on a bus alerted them to a car hidden by trees in the middle of the roundabout.

Emergency services were called to the scene yesterday afternoon where they discovered the body in the car, a red Honda Civic.

A man found dead in a crashed car in Galway may have lain there for days.

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of Richard Beswick's body in a crashed car on the outskirts of Galway city yesterday afternoon.

A Facebook campaign page called "Help Find Dickie" had been launched when friends noticed that he was missing.

"This is our dear friend Richard Beswick which most of you will know as Dickie. He has been missing since Monday night we are extremely worried and would be greatful of any information about his whereabouts."

Yesterday, a friend posted: "Dickie was a great friend and always full of fun it's an awful tragedy for his life to come to an end in this way. Dickie was loved by all and will be sadly missed may he rest in peace."

Investigating officers believe the man died as a result of injuries after his car collided with trees on the roundabout. They believe he may have lain at the scene for "a number of days".

The scene was hidden from view by trees and was only discovered after a passenger on a bus noticed a section of the car and notified gardaí.

Mr Beswick, also known as Dickie, was the sole occupant of the car.

The N6 Oranmore dual carriageway was closed for a number of hours yesterday evening for a technical examination of the scene.

The inbound approach to Galway was closed from the Maldron hotel in Oranmore, while restrictions were in place on the outbound lane of the dual carriageway.

Commuters were advised to use the motorway and take the N18 exit while the restrictions were in place.

Locals in Galway last night expressed their concerns about the state of the roundabout, which is a raised mound covered in trees and hedging.

Officers are satisfied that the man died as a result of a road crash and that there was no one else in the car at the time.

They are now appealing for anyone who may have information on the incident to contact them.

The man's remains have been removed to Galway University Hospital where a post mortem will be carried out.

Irish Independent

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