Saturday 18 August 2018

Young accountant killed in road accident 'invisible' to two cars that hit him

Robert McLoughlin (29) died when he was hit on the old Newry Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, in the early hours of Saturday.
Robert McLoughlin (29) died when he was hit on the old Newry Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, in the early hours of Saturday.
Robert McLoughlin died after he was struck by two cars in Dundalk. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A young accountant who was killed after being hit by two cars while crossing the road may have been ‘invisible’ to the drivers because he had just got out of a taxi van.

Robert McLoughlin (29) died when he was hit on the old Newry Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, in the early hours of Saturday. It is understood he had just got out of a taxi and was hit by two cars while crossing the road.

However, because the taxi was a large, van-style vehicle, the drivers of the cars that hit Mr McLoughlin may not have seen him standing behind it until it was too late.

The cars that hit him were travelling in the same direction.

Mr McLoughlin was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3.15am.

Local Fine Gael councillor John McGahon, who was a close friend of Mr McLoughlin, said the community has been left devastated by his death.

“Robert has been one of my best friends for as long as I can remember,” said Mr McGahon.

“To me and my group of friends he was always the go-to guy. He was always the guy you’d go to if you had a problem.

Robert McLoughlin was tragically killed in the early hours of Saturday morning after being struck by two vehicles (Picture provided by Councillor John McGahon)
Robert McLoughlin was tragically killed in the early hours of Saturday morning after being struck by two vehicles (Picture provided by Councillor John McGahon)

“He was always the guy you could rely on. This is such a total and utter tragedy. I’ve never been in this position before to explain it properly.

“All I can say is that he will be sincerely and greatly missed by every single one of his friends, who are in the hundreds.”

Mr McLoughlin is survived by his parents, Sid and Attracta, his brother Stephen and sister Kim.

“He’ll be greatly missed by his older brother and sister and he’ll be greatly missed by his mother and father and the rest of his extended family,” said Mr McGahon.

Fianna Fail councillor Conor Keelan also offered his condolences to the McLoughlin family.

“Robert and his family are very well respected in the local community. This will come as a major shock to everyone,” he said.

“It’s just very unfortunate that we have a tragedy of a young man from such a decent family, he was in the prime of his life.

“My family have known the McLoughlin family all our lives and I’m just shocked.

“Traffic on this road is always quite heavy and it is unfortunate that there are still calls for traffic cameras in this area. It’s the least that can be done.”

Mr McLoughlin was a fan of Dundalk FC and it is understood he had watched the team play against Bohemians at Oriel Park before socialising with friends in the hours before the accident.

Friends said he had been promoted in work within the past fortnight.

Gardai confirmed that the drivers of the cars involved, a man and a woman, were uninjured in the incident.

Mr McLoughlin’s parents were out of the country when the tragedy happened and immediately arranged to return home when they learned the news.

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