Tuesday 12 December 2017

Woman dies after being pulled under her own car

Mark O'Regan, Barry Duggan and Edel O'Connell

A GRANDMOTHER was killed yesterday by her own car in a freak accident while collecting her grandson from primary school.

Anne Gray, from Drumcondra in Dublin, was dragged up to 10 metres under her Ford Fiesta after stepping out of the vehicle while it was still in reverse gear.

Mrs Gray, who was in her 60s, parked outside Drumcondra Library on Millbourne Avenue shortly after 1pm to collect her grandson from St Patrick's primary school.

She was halfway out of the car when she took her foot off the clutch and was dragged under the vehicle.

She was taken to the Mater Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The accident happened less than 100 yards from the entrance to the school where her grandson was still in class.

"It's such a tragic accident, we're all so shocked," the school's caretaker told the Irish Independent yesterday.

Gardai are appealing for anyone who was on Millbourne Avenue between 12.30pm and 1pm to contact Santry garda station.

Meanwhile, a secondary school student who was in the middle of his Leaving Cert exams died on Tuesday night from injuries sustained in a road accident.

Kieran Quigley (17), from Rearcross, Co Tipperary, died at University Hospital Limerick following a two-car collision on Limerick-Tipperary road last weekend.

The driver of the car that Kieran was travelling in was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving.

The accident happened on Saturday night at Grange Cross on the N24.

Elsewhere, gardai in Ballyconnell are investigating a two-car collision at Belturbet, Co Cavan, shortly before 11.30am yesterday. A male motorcyclist in his late 20s was fatally injured when he collided with a dumper truck.

Investigations

And in Dublin, two separate investigations have been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old Polish man who died after being hit by a car as he emerged from a manhole.

The father of one, who was living in Delgany, Co Wicklow, had been working with RSJ Civil Engineers, based in Arklow, for the past three years.

The man had been carrying out maintenance works at Kill Avenue in Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday when the accident occurred.

A garda who was later sealing off the road around the scene suffered minor injuries when he was hit by another car.

Irish Independent

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