Wednesday 22 May 2019

Woman (88) killed after 'driver made gear mistake'

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

THE death of an elderly woman in a traffic collision in Rathfarnham on Tuesday was the result of a tragic accident, gardai believe.

The woman, named locally as Mabel Corry (83), was walking on a footpath in the Woodside Grove Estate in Rathfarnham at around 4.40pm when she was knocked down by a car.

The car that collided with Ms Corry was being driven by a local woman who was also in her 80s.

The sequence of events leading up to the accident are still being investigated, but early indications are that the driver may have selected the wrong gear in the car, leading to the fatal collision.

“It appears the driver may have been attempting to reverse but the car went forward instead,” a local resident said.

Gardai and the emergency services immediately attended the scene of the accident, but Ms Corry was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her body was removed to the mortuary in Tallaght Hospital for a post-mortem examination to take place.

Ms Corry’s neighbours in the mature and quiet cul de sac of Griffith Downs in Whitehall on the northside of the city were too upset to talk about the incident.

The elderly driver was taken to St James’s Hospital to be treated for minor non-life-threatening head injuries.

Gardai from Rathfarnham are investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

A technical and forensic examination of the scene has been completed and the road, which was closed for a time, has since reopened to traffic.

Gardai are asking for witnesses to contact Rathfarnham Garda Station on 01 6666500. Alternatively, they can contact the Garda Confidential Line (1800-666-111) or any garda station.


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