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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man arrested after weekend road fatalities

Don Lavery

Gardai investigating a fatal road accident at Killeigh, Tullamore, Co Offaly, arrested a man in his 50s yesterday evening.

The man was being detained at Tullamore Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The news came after four died in separate accidents in Cork, Offaly and Meath.

In the Killeigh incident, a man was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning after he was struck by a car which then failed to stop.

Gardai said the victim, who was in his 20s, was found on the road with serious injuries and taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, where he was later pronounced dead.

Garda Assistant Commissioner John O'Mahoney, head of the Garda National Traffic Bureau, extended his sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and asked everybody on the roads to take into consideration all road conditions including the weather and the presence of large volumes of holiday weekend traffic.

Those who died also included an elderly couple who were killed after a three-car collision on the main N22 Cork-Killarney Road just before 6.30pm on Friday.

They have been named as Mary Condon, 81, from Broomfield East, Midleton, Co Cork, and her 79-year-old husband Robert Condon, who was a front seat passenger in the car.

The couple's car was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle carrying a family of four -- and a third vehicle carrying two other people was also struck.

The four people in the second vehicle were also injured while the two people in the third car were unhurt but were treated at the scene for shock.

Meanwhile, a woman in her 40s died in a single vehicle collision at Ballinagun, Upper Kells, Co Meath, shortly after midnight on Friday.

She was taken to Our Lady's Hospital, Navan, where she was later pronounced dead.

Garda have appealed for witnesses to contact Kells Garda Station on 046 9280820 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

A total of 73 people have been killed on the road to date this year.

An urgent appeal for motorists to take greater care when using the roads came yesterday from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) following the four deaths on the country's roads in the first 24 hours of the bank holiday weekend.

RSA chief Noel Brett said: "I would urge everyone to take greater precautions when using the road and not to be complacent about their safety. If we all make a little effort to collectively take greater responsibility for our safety on the road this bank holiday weekend we can prevent any further tragedies from happening."

Sunday Independent

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