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Thursday 19 September 2019

Pedestrian (59) dies in car crash on unlit road

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man in his 50s was killed after being hit by a car while walking on a road in Co Galway on Saturday evening.

The accident happened on a stretch of road known locally as the bog road to Ahascragh in the townland of Kilclooney, near Ballinasloe, at about 7pm.

The victim, a Polish national named locally as Marek Pakla (59), who was living in Ballinasloe, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was later removed to University Hospital Galway where a post mortem was due to take place.

The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.

Local sources said the road where Mr Pakla was knocked down is an unlit one with no footpath and the crash happened after dark.

Gardaí investigating the circumstances around the incident closed the road for a time to facilitate an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.

Local diversions were put in place, but the road reopened to traffic again yesterday.

Fatalities

The latest fatality brings to 127 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year, 36 of whom were pedestrians.

The death toll to date in 2018 is four fewer than the 131 killed at the same point last year.

It also brings to five the number of people killed on the roads this month.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Ballinasloe garda station on 090 9631890, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Irish Independent

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