A YOUNG woman has died in a car accident close to where her uncle was killed in a similar car crash over 20 years ago.
Jennifer Reilly (21), the only daughter of Jimmy and Angela Reilly, was driving alone to a local shop on Saturday evening in her boyfriend's car at Ardskea More, near Corofin, Co Galway, when the vehicle spun out of control, went over a ditch, and crashed into a wall.
She was just a short distance from her home when the crash took place on a narrow road which links the N63 Galway-Roscommon bypass to Corofin village.
Her uncle, Stephen Brady, died in a car accident in the same area over 20 years ago.
Ms Reilly worked for the Creganna medical company in Galway.
Local councillor Michael Connolly said Ms Reilly came from a well-respected family.
"It is horrific to lose your life at such a young age. It is very tough on the family and our hearts go out to them.
"To have another tragedy like this in the area is awful. It is another huge blow to the community and to the girl's family," said Mr Connolly.
Ms Reilly is survived by her father Jimmy, mother Angela and younger siblings James and David.
Meanwhile, on Friday night one of the country's leading psychiatrists died following a car accident.
Dr Louis O'Carroll (62) was struck by a car in Listowel, Co Kerry, while walking to a friend's house. Immediately after the accident, Dr O'Carroll told the driver of the car he was fine and continued on his way.
However, he subsequently fell ill at home and an ambulance brought him to Tralee General Hospital where he had been working on a part-time basis since his retirement in 2008.
His condition deteriorated dramatically and he died on the way to hospital.