Sunday 21 January 2018

Probe into road crash site where pedestrian was killed

Edel O'Connell and Eimear Ni Bhraonain

GARDAI were last night investigating a road crash which claimed the life of a middle-aged woman.

The crash occurred around 6pm on the old N6 between Balinasloe and Athlone in Co Roscommon.

It is understood that the woman, who was in her fifties, was walking near Ballydangan, three miles outside Ballinasloe on the Athlone Road, when she was struck by a car.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was later removed to Ballinasloe Hospital and the road was closed to allow for a forensic examination.

Last night, gardai urged witnesses to contact Roscommon garda station on 090 6638300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

The Roscommon death came after two Irishmen died in road accidents in Thailand and Australia.

Backpacker Eymard Scully (27), from Ballymote, Co Sligo, died in an Australian hospital on Wednesday, after being struck by a taxi in Sydney last weekend.

A graduate of DIT, Mr Scully was only yards from where he was staying when he was knocked down. He sustained head, spinal and liver injuries.

His mother and brother travelled to Australia to be by his side, but sadly his life support machine was switched off four days later at 10.20pm Irish time.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, his sister, Thecla Scully, described her brother as an "adventurous, jovial guy who loved travelling and surfing".

It is understood Mr Scully arrived in Australia in March of this year and had been working on an organic farm picking basil in Cairns in the Northern Territory. He and his Dutch girlfriend had had travelled to Sydney for a short break when the tragedy occurred.

The Irishman had been travelling for more than a year, but had intended to return to Ireland for his brother's wedding in March.

"Eymard was going to be my brother's best man," Ms Scully added.

Mr Scully is survived by his parents, and five siblings. A ceremony will be held in Ballymote for Mr Scully on Thursday next at 2pm. The family say no charges have been brought against the driver of the taxi.


Meanwhile, father-of-seven Aidan Hopkins (45) from Edenderry, Co Offaly, died on Wednesday after being struck by a car in Thailand while crossing a road. He died in hospital a few hours later.

Mr Hopkins had been living in Southeast Asia for the past 18 months. He was set to celebrate his 46th birthday this month. His family are currently trying to repatriate his body.

Mr Hopkins, who has one brother, will be buried alongside his father at St Mary's cemetery in Edenderry.

Irish Independent

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