Saturday 24 February 2018

Tributes paid to 19-year-old killed in crash at notorious accident black spot

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Tributes have been paid to a young man who died in single vehicle collision at a notorious accident black spot which left three other teens seriously injured.

Danny Moloney (19) died on a stretch of road which has witnessed 17 accidents over the past 15 years.

His death came as Transport Minister Shane Ross confirmed that road fatalities are up by an alarming 23pc this year on 2015 levels.

Eight people have now died on Irish roads in just the past four days.

The scene of the crash Credit: John Delea
The scene of the crash Credit: John Delea

Mr Ross, speaking as he launched an October Bank Holiday road safety initiative, confirmed that he is also going to bring forward a safety taskforce meeting in a bid to address the alarming spike in road fatalities across Ireland.

“This increase is a matter of great concern and we will be doing everything possible to reverse the trend,” he said.

Mr Moloney died when the car he was driving spun out of control and collided with a wall on the R515 at Smith’s Road outside Charleville in Co Cork.

He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to hospital.

Three other teens – two females and a male, aged between 18 and 20 – were injured in the collision.

All were taken to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) with what are described as serious injuries.

One had sustained a serious head injury.

However, the injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.

The accident occurred shortly after 11pm on Wednesday evening on the outskirts of Charleville town No other vehicle was involved.

Councillor Ian Doyle extended his condolences to the Moloney and Ryan families.

“I’d like to extend my deepest sympathies to them on their tragic loss. The whole community is shocked by the tragedy,” he said.

Councillor Doyle revealed there had been 17 accidents along the route involved over the past 15 years.

“It most certainly is an accident black-spot,” he said.

The council had undertaken works a number of years ago in a bid to enhance the safety levels of the route for motorists.

Mr Moloney is a former student at Charleville CBS and had recently started a third level training course.

A native of Newtownshandrum, his is survived by his parents, John and Sinead, sisters and younger brother.

The young man was described as “having a heart of gold” and with a lifelong passion for sports and Gaelic games.

Numerous social media tributes were paid to the young man, many reflecting on his class graduation ball at the Charleville Park Hotel last year.

Friends in Newtownshandrum GAA club last night extended their sympathies to the Moloney family who are highly respected within the community.

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