Weekend of carnage on roads leaves four dead
A weekend of carnage on the nation's roads has left four people dead -- including two pedestrians.
The Garda Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the death of a 21-year-old man. It is believed the victim was driving a stolen car which was being followed by gardai when it crashed on Rathmullan Road in Drogheda, Co Louth, at around 8.30am on Saturday.
The man was rushed to the Mater Hospital in Dublin where he died yesterday morning.
The Garda Ombudsman appealed for any witnesses to the accident to contact investigators at 1890 600800.
Pensioner Jim Barrow, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was the first of the pedestrians to die after being knocked down.
Mr Barrow was struck by a car as he crossed the road at Dromahane Cross, Dromore, Dromahane, Cork, at 9.30pm on Saturday.
The former Mallow sugar factory employee was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital but was pronounced dead in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
In the second incident involving a pedestrian, a man was knocked down and killed by a car on the N4 at Ardcarne, between Boyle and Carrick-on-Shannon, at around 4.30am on Saturday.
The man, who is from Longford town and in his 20s, was yesterday named locally as Patrick McLoughlin.
A woman in her 70s also died yesterday after a two-car collision at around 11am. The woman, who was the sole occupant of one the cars, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at Holycross, near Thurles in Tipperary.
The two occupants in the other car were uninjured.
The four deaths bring to 49 the number of people killed on Irish roads since the beginning of the year.
The figure is an increase on the death toll in the same period last year, when there were 41 deaths to the end of March.
Meanwhile, a 65-year-old female pedestrian was also killed in a road accident in the North.
Patricia Duffy, from Lisfannon Park in Derry, was hit by a car as she returned home from Mass on Saturday morning.
"I grew up alongside her and her family and they are all very decent people and good neighbours," SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said yesterday.