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Offaly Inquest: Woman (66) drove 8km down wrong side of motorway before fatal accident

AN OFFALY Inquest has heard a 66-year old woman, who had high levels of alcohol in here system, drove 8km down the wrong side of the Galway/Dublin motorway before being involved in a fatal crash.

The head-on collision happened between 2pm and 3pm on 28 June 2010.

The inquest into the death of Helen Gonoude, with an address at Killeigh, Co Offaly, was also told that she had failed to stop the car despite numerous pleas and efforts by gardaí and other motorists to get her to turn around.

She had never driven on a motorway before and was returning from a visit to her son’s house in Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath.

Instead of talking the exit for Tullamore on the motorway, she was noticed driving back up the Galway to Dublin road just outside Athlone.

Following a head-on-collision, Mrs Gonoude died at the scene.

Delia Flaherty, who was aged in her 30s, from Carraroe, Galway, also lost her life a few days later.