Man killed in road smash was minutes from home
A MAN was killed in a road accident less than a kilometre from his home early yesterday.
Pius O'Neill (29), originally from Quin in Co Clare, was driving a Ford Focus car, which crashed into a stone wall.
The incident took place at around 4:15am at Springfield on the R471 Sixmilebridge to Shannon road.
Mr O'Neill, who was alone in the vehicle at the time, was driving home from the Sixmilebridge direction when the crash happened.
He lived with his wife Patrice beside her family home at Deerpark, just a short distance from the scene. He had worked for a time with his father-in-law in construction, while Patrice runs a hair salon in Kilmurry.
Gardai were first to arrive at the scene and were quickly followed by two units of the fire brigade from Shannon town and HSE paramedics. However, the victim had died at the scene.
A doctor formally pronounced the man dead before his body was removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination.
The road remained closed for more than nine hours pending completion of a forensic examination and until the victim's vehicle was removed for further tests.
Local councillor and Deputy Mayor of Clare, Sixmilebridge- based John Crowe, said: "There is an awful gloom all over the area. People are shocked at the tragic death of a really nice young man." Anyone with information is asked to contact Shannon station on 061-365900.