Friday 20 April 2018

One teen dead and another critical following horror crash

Garda forensic experts spent yesterday examining the scene of the crash
Garda forensic experts spent yesterday examining the scene of the crash

Greg Harkin and Fiona Dillon

A teenage girl was fighting for her life in hospital last night after her friend was killed in a road crash.

Martin Strain (19) was a passenger in a car which skidded off the road at Tooban, Burnfoot, Co Donegal, not far from his home.

The 19-year-old male driver and a 19-year-old female friend were also injured in the crash which took place during a torrential downpour at around 4.30am yesterday.

The survivors were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where the teenage girl was described as being in a critical condition.

The driver is understood to have lost a brother in a car crash 10 years ago.

The scene of the incident is not far from where a 23-year-old man, John Hegarty, died in a car crash on July 12 this year. He is understood to have been a close friend of Mr Strain.

"The community is devastated once again by another death on our roads," said Councillor Jack Murray who lives locally.

"It is a terrible, terrible tragedy for this young man and his family and a terrible tragedy for the entire community."

Garda forensic experts spent yesterday examining the scene of the crash.

Investigating gardaí appealed for anyone who was travelling on the main Buncrana to Derry Road, or in the vacinity of Tooban around the time of the crash to contact them at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111, or any garda station.

Meanwhile, gardaí in Co Cork have appealed for witnesses to a fatal road crash on Saturday afternoon to come forward.

A 41-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a car at Ballinrush near Kilworth around 4pm.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were taken to Cork University Hospital. The occupants of the car were not injured.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Fermoy Garda Station on 025 82100, the Garda Confidential Line, or any garda station.

Elsewhere, the Cork teenager who fell from a roof at a Kinsale nightclub is recovering from surgery in a Dublin hospital.

Ciara O'Brien (18) was airlifted from Cork University Hospital to the Mater Hospital's spinal injury unit in Dublin, after the accident in the early hours of Saturday.

Gardaí have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the fall and have interviewed staff at the Moorings nightclub on Market Street, where a beach-themed party was being held.

It is understood the teenager fell around 8ft from a flat roof at the side of the building.

A source close to the family confirmed Ciara had surgery on Saturday night, and said she was in everyone's prayers.

Irish Independent

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