Thursday 18 January 2018

Road safety boss in plea after worst weekend this year

John Hegarty
John Hegarty

Greg Harkin

Motorist must begin to think of lives lost on our roads every time they get behind the wheel, the head of road safety has said.

Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, issued her plea after the worst weekend on our roads so far this year left five people dead in three separate incidents.

A pedestrian in his 20s died at 3.30am yesterday in a collision with a van at Blossomhill on the N21 Croagh to Rathkeale Road in Co Limerick.

The male driver of the van and a female passenger were uninjured in the collision.

In Donegal 21-year-old John Hegarty died instantly when the car in which he was a back seat passenger crashed into a bollard at Carnashannagh, close to the Halfway House at Tooban, Burnfoot, on Sunday night.

And Martin Brophy (20), Orla Curry (20) and Angela Kelly (35) all died in a crash outside Rathdowney, Co Laois, in the early hours of Sunday.

Angela's nephew Jamie (16), a back-seat passenger in the car, suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Tullamore General Hospital. He was able to text for help.

"It was a dreadful weekend on our roads with the loss of five lives in three fatal crashes around the country," said Ms Murdock.

She said motorists needed to slow down, avoid distractions and always wear a seatbelt.

Irish Independent

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