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Friday 23 August 2019

Pensioner knocked down and killed delivering present

Victim: Amy Loughrey
Victim: Amy Loughrey

Greg Harkin

A pensioner out delivering a present, and a waitress on her way home from a Christmas party shift are the latest victims on Ireland's roads.

Pedestrian Betty McManus (74) was knocked down and killed in Co Leitrim, and Amy Loughrey (25) died in a crash in Co Donegal.

Widow Mrs McManus died as she crossed the road to deliver a present to her sister in Drumshanbo. Her death has stunned the local community. She was involved with the annual Joe Mooney Summer School, a traditional Irish music event which she helped found.

She died at the scene of the accident at around 7.15pm on Thursday. Her late husband Paddy, who died in November 2015, ran the Thatched Pub on High Street.

"Betty gave so much to her community,"said Fine Gael councillor Finola Armstrong-McGuire. "She was a very lively lady and she has been taken cruelly from us."

She said locals were thinking of Mrs McManus's five children and her grandchildren as well as the 50-year-old female motorist involved in the accident.

Meanwhile, Supt Eugene McGovern described as "absolutely heart-breaking" the death of Ms Loughrey, following a two-car collision in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Ms Loughrey, from Derry's Waterside, had finished a restaurant shift in Fahan and was driving home when the incident happened.

Supt McGovern said Ms Loughrey's car was in a collision with a car driving in the opposite direction. The 20-year-old driver was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Ms Loughrey was a popular member of staff at the Red Door, a favourite restaurant of Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and 'Friends' actress Courteney Cox. The restaurant closed and cancelled Christmas bookings as a mark of respect.

"Our thoughts are with the family of our dear colleague and friend," said a spokeswoman.

Waterside parish priest Fr Michael Canny saidMs Loughrey's mum Mary had taken down the Christmas tree and decorations after learning of the tragedy.

The RSA confirmed the 2016 road death toll now stands at 184 fatalities, meaning 27 more lives have been lost than in the same period in 2016.

Irish Independent

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