Three fatalities bring death toll on roads to 179
A SERIES of road crashes around the country left three people dead yesterday and brought the death toll on the roads so far this year to 179.
One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in an horrific head-on collision in west Cork last night, while two others died in Clare and Westmeath.
The Cork crash, involving a car and a van, occurred in Derry outside Rosscarbery on the road to Skibbereen around 8.15pm, in difficult driving conditions.
An 18-year-old man, who was a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead before he could be rushed to hospital.
The driver and a second passenger in the car were taken to Cork University Hospital. One was said to be in a serious condition. Both are believed to be from west Cork. The driver of the van suffered minor injuries.
Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them.
In Co Westmeath, a 19-year-old man died after the small van he was driving was involved in a head-on collision with a car. It happened about 3.20pm on the N51, between Athboy and Delvin.
The van driver, who was alone, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar. He was named locally last night as Andrew Geoghegan from Ellenstown, Delvin. Of the two people travelling in the car, one was rushed to hospital with injuries described as non life-threatening.
Gardai appealed to any witnesses to contact Mullingar station on 044-938 4000.
In Co Clare, a former inter-county footballer died in a road collision yesterday, just months after recovering from a previous crash which left him in hospital for months.
Declan Hayes (43), from Doonmore, Doonbeg, in west Clare, who was single, died at the scene, which was just over 1km from where he worked.
The crash occurred at around 7.30am at Toonagh on the main R352 Ennis to Tulla road, about 16km from Ennis.
Gardai investigating the cause of the crash were examining the possibility that Mr Hayes' motorcycle hit a Nissan Micra car which had pulled out of a nearby house.