Monday 17 December 2018

Road death toll at six after vehicle hits cyclist

Breda Heffernan and Brian McDonald

A WOMAN cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run incident last night bringing to six the number of people killed on the roads over the weekend.

Her death, and that of another two men who died yesterday, brings to 315 the number of people who have been killed on the country's roads this year.

The woman, who was in her 60s, was struck by a van as she cycled along Kildare Road in Rathangan, Co Kildare, shortly before 7.30pm.

She was taken to Naas Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A 26-year-old man was later arrested by gardai in connection with the investigation and a van was recovered.

In Galway city centre, a man was killed and a woman seriously injured in a two-car crash on the Quincentennial Bridge.

The accident occurred shortly before 8pm and several other cars managed to narrowly avoid the collision.

Gardai and ambulances from the nearby University College Hospital Galway rushed to the scene and it is understood the man was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

There was serious traffic disruption as a result of the crash and gardai eventually sealed off access to the four-lane bridge from the Headford Road and Newcastle Road for a number of hours.

Earlier yesterday a 32-year- old man was killed in a single vehicle accident at Tyrrellspass in Co Westmeath.

He lost control of the car he was driving and crashed at around 8.30am. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was later removed to the mortuary at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The man's name has not yet been released and gardai are appealing for any witnesses to come contact them at either Rochfordbridge station on 044 9222101 or at Mullingar on 044 9384000.

Meanwhile, on Saturday an 84-year-old pedestrian was killed when she was hit by a car in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

It is understood that Margaret (Rita) Conroy, with an address at The Demense, Lough Mask, was returning home from Saturday evening Mass. She had been dropped off by a friend near her home just minutes earlier.

The single-vehicle incident occurred on the outskirts of the town at about 8.35pm and the woman was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar. Mrs Conroy was pronounced dead shortly after 9.30pm.

Winds

Gardai said driving conditions in the area were poor because of strong winds and heavy rain.

An 84-year-old woman who died in a two-vehicle collision at Poles on the N3 Cavan-Dublin road on Friday, meanwhile, was yesterday named as Ena Pogue.

Gardai said yesterday that the name of the man killed in a crash on the same road near Kells, also on Friday, was not being released.

The crash is thought to have occurred following a collision in which one of the vehicles burst into flames.

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