Thursday 24 May 2018

Tributes paid to 20-year-old woman killed in two-car crash

Jillian Thornton (20) who was killed in a car crash on Friday night.
Jillian Thornton (20) who was killed in a car crash on Friday night. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tributes have been paid to 20-year-old Jillian Thornton who was killed in a car crash on Friday night.

Jillian was killed when the car in which she was travelling, which was being pursued by gardai.

Jillian, who was a back seat passenger in one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was a student at Drogheda Institute of Further Education.

The accident occurred on the N2 just outside Slane, at Waterside Great close to the Duleek turnoff at around 10.20pm on Friday night.

The female front seat passenger (20) and male driver (early 40s) were both transferred to Blanchardstown Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The male driver of the other car (aged in his late 30s) and female passenger (aged in her mid 30s) were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Their injuries are also understood to be non life-threatening.

Tributes to Jillian were posted on her Facebook page.

“I love you beautiful. RIP. So hard to believe was only talking the other day!! I’ll miss you loads,” one friend commented.

Another girl said: “My beautiful best friend. May God give you the best bed in heaven you truly deserve it I love you so much.”

GSOC confirmed yesterday that it was investigating the fatal accident.

In a statement, GSOC said: “The fatal road traffic incident which occurred in the N2 last night was referred to GSOC because the car which crashed was under pursuit by gardai prior to the incident occurring.”

“GSOC’s investigation will focus primarily on matters relating to the conduct of the Garda pursuit,” it added.

Gardaí have released without charge a man arrested in relation to a fatal car crash in Co Meath.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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