Thursday 14 December 2017

Three men killed in Bank Holiday road crashes as woman seriously injured in hit-and-run

Glenn Carty and Alan O'Dowd
Glenn Carty and Alan O'Dowd
Alan O'Dowd
Glenn Carty

Gavin White

Three men have died in separate road crashes and a female pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit-and-run over the bank holiday weekend.

A man killed in the early hours of this morning has been identified.

The 22 year old man was killed when the car he was driving hit a wall.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.

Meanwhile the man who died in a road collision in Co Mayo on Saturday afternoon has been named as Alan O'Dowd.

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Alan O'Dowd

Mr O'Dowd (25), from Lisacul, died after the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree at 3pm near Carracastle.

He will be laid to rest in Lisacul cemetery on Wednesday following a noon funeral Mass in the Christ the King Church, Lisacul.

Local councillor Gerry Murray said the incident was a "terribly tragic accident".

Earlier, a man in his 30s died after the motorbike he was driving collided with a car in Co Leitrim on Saturday morning. The man was named locally as Glenn Carty (34) from Drum, Ballygawley, Co Sligo.

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Glenn Carty

A Garda spokesperson said they were currently investigating the circumstances of the fatal road accident which happened at Cloonchair, Mohill, Co Leitrim.

The spokesman said the motorcyclist was in collision with a car at 11.20am.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Sligo University Hospital where a post-mortem examination took place.

The driver of the car was not injured in the accident.

Meanwhile, a woman was taken to hospital yesterday after she was injured in a suspected hit-and-run incident.

Gardaí at Milford, Co Donegal, are investigating the serious road traffic accident that happened at Portsalon about 3am.

A spokesman confirmed that a 42-year-old female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The driver failed to remain at the scene.

Emergency workers brought the injured woman to Letterkenny General Hospital with suspected head injuries.

The accidents come after the Road Safety Authority (RSA) warned motorists to be vigilant over the bank holiday weekend.

On the August bank holiday weekend last year, there were 17 people seriously injured in crashes and two people were killed.

Moyagh Murdoch, chief executive with the RSA, said that the summer months were "always a big worry for us" and issued a warning over attitudes to drink driving.

She added: "We do traditionally see an increase in deaths, especially in July and August and then particularly at the bank holiday."

Research carried out recently by An Garda Síochána and the RSA revealed that 73pc of Irish motorists claim that having no alcohol before driving is the only way to be safe on the roads.

The study also revealed that 10pc of Irish motorists have driven after consuming alcohol in the past 12 months, which equates to just fewer than 270,000 people.

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