Saturday 20 January 2018

Pedestrian dies in truck accident

Anita Guidera

A 28-YEAR-old pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a truck on the N17 yesterday morning.

His death brings to five the number of people killed on Irish roads in just three days.

The latest victim was named locally last night as Gary Coyle, a single man who was unemployed and from Ballymote, Co Sligo.

The accident happened in dense fog at Toberbride on a wide stretch of the N17, about 300 metres from the Collooney roundabout, at around 5.45am.

The victim was removed to Sligo General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardai believe that Mr Coyle may have been returning home from a late party when he was struck by the refrigerated truck.

The truck was travelling in the Galway direction.

A bicycle was found in the grass margin close to where the accident occurred but it is unclear whether Mr Coyle had been using it.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses.

Superintendent James Kearins from Sligo Garda Station called on anyone who may have been travelling along that stretch of road to contact them.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old who was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident in Co Cavan at the weekend has been transferred to Beaumont Hospital for treatment.

The teenager was the front-seat passenger in a car driven by Glenn Brady (18), from Granard, Co Longford, who died in the crash.

The car left the N55 at Dundevan, Kilcogy, early on Sunday morning.

Yesterday, tributes were paid to the dead youth, who was deeply involved in GAA.

Longford GAA County Board described the victim as a special person in the association who would be missed by all, adding: "Glenn was a fine young man and we offer our condolences to his family.''

The youth was a member of the Longford referees' team.

Irish Independent

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