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Saturday 16 December 2017

Two die in separate road traffic accidents at weekend

Majella O'Sullivan and Paddy Clancy

A DREAM holiday ended in tragedy for an American couple who had been coming to the end of their stay in Ireland.

Gena Hill (58), was enjoying a holiday with her husband in Co Kerry when she was struck by a truck carrying surf boards on Inch strand, near Dingle, on Saturday morning.

Mrs Hill, from Springfield in Kentucky, suffered severe head injuries in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mrs Hill had been walking on the beach with her husband at the time. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out today.

The victim was among two people killed in fatal road collisions over the weekend.

A biker who raised thousands of euro for charities, Noel Dwyer, died on Saturday in an accident at Stonepark, Ballymote, Co Sligo.

The 46-year-old father of three, who worked in the building industry, died after the bike he was riding was in collision with a van near Ballymote football pitch at 10.45am.

Neighbours spoke of how Mr Dwyer, from the neighbouring village of Culfadda, devoted much of his spare time to riding in motorcycle convoys to raise funds for a number of charities.

Meanwhile, gardai in Limerick are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash which claimed the life of a male motorcyclist on Friday.

The collision which involved a car happened at Carrigeen, Croom, at 3.45pm on Friday. The dead man was named as Christopher Ryan (28), from Croom.

Witnesses are asked to contact Askeaton garda station on 061 392102.

Irish Independent

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