Sunday 22 September 2019

Roundabout driver was 'returning to hospital', say friends

Richard Beswick
Richard Beswick

Caroline Crawford

An elderly man who lay dead in his crashed car for three days may have taken a turn which saw him drive back to hospital on Monday night.

Richard 'Dickie' Beswick (68) was found dead in his crashed Honda Civic car in the middle of Martin Roundabout on the outskirts of Galway city on Thursday afternoon.

He had not been seen since the previous Monday. Close friends of the Englishman, who had lived in the Loughrea area for two decades, believe Mr Beswick was returning to the Galway Clinic on Monday night after his health deteriorated.

Margaret Kyne, who described Mr Beswick as being part of her family, last spoke to the widower at 8pm on Monday night after he had returned from an earlier appointment at the private hospital.


"He was at the clinic on Monday morning for an ultrasound but they kept him in for a biopsy. Dickie had cancer before so he wasn't happy about that," Ms Kyne said.

"It was the first hospital appointment I hadn't been able to take him to. I'd just started a new job and he didn't want me taking the day off.

"He was in good spirits at 8pm that night when we talked. But when I couldn't reach him the following day, I knew something was wrong.

"We think he must have taken a turn on Monday night and was driving himself back to the clinic. He had bad eyesight and I'd say he just didn't see the roundabout, but we'll never know," she added.

She said Mr Beswick would go out of his way to help others but would never have called for help himself.

"He would never have wanted to put anyone out. I think that's why he didn't call me if he took ill on Monday night.

Margaret said she became concerned when she didn't hear from him on Tuesday morning, the day he was due to celebrate his 69th birthday.

"We would talk two or three times a day but especially on his birthday. He looked forward to that call. He's asked me on Monday evening what time I'd be calling," she said.

Ms Kyne told how Mr Beswick's main aim in life was to make people laugh.

"He was a laugh a minute, always making somebody's day brighter," she added.

She said his tragic death has left "an unfillable gap" in the lives of her and her daughter Nicola.

The widower lost his wife Kitty 12 years ago. His step-children are understood to be returning to Galway to make funeral arrangements.

Galway gardaí discovered Mr Beswick's car on the Martin roundabout on Thursday afternoon after a member of the public on a bus alerted them to a car hidden by trees in the middle of the roundabout.

Irish Independent

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