Monday 23 July 2018

Young woman (26) dies after being struck by car 'as she crossed road to meet mother'

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A YOUNG woman has been killed after being struck by a car while crossing a road.

It is understood the student was making her way to a meeting point where he mother was due to collect her to bring her home from college. 

The 26-year-old was struck by a car in Killarney, Co Kerry at 7.15pm on Friday, after she had disembarked from a bus.

The area where the incident occurred - on the N22 at Glenfisk village -  is considered "a serious danger spot".

The 100km road has been the subject of an ongoing campaign to reduce the speed limit to 60km after a string of collisions, including a recent fatality.

It is understood that the woman is a student in Cork, and was on her way home for the weekend.

She was crossing the road in the small village to get to a point where she was due to be picked up by her mother when she was killed.

The young woman is understood to be from the vicinity and had just exited a bus when the car struck her. The driver of the car was uninjured. 

The community has been plunged into “shock” according to former Killarney mayor Donal Grady, who labelled the road a “serious danger spot.”

“The entire community is just in shock,” Cllr Grady told  “This is a road we’ve campaigned tirelessly about where there’s been numerous collisions but so far our campaign has fallen on deaf ears.

“This young woman was on her way across the road and sadly she never made it and it’s especially sad given it’s coming up to Christmas and now no Christmas will ever be the same for her loved ones. 

“We’ve tried hard to get the speed limit on this road lowered and it’s now time something was done about this.  100km is too high for a small rural road.  I believe it should have a 60km speed limit.  It’s running right through a village. Enough is enough. We don’t want to see any more lives lost.”

It is believed CCTV camera attached to a local shop may have captured the incident.  Gardai will be investigating this along with all other lines of inquiry.

A source said: !The reaction locally is shock and sorrow.  This young woman’s family are well known and it was a very sad incident."

The scene was attended by units from the Killarney Ambulance and Fire Services.  The Coroner was notified and the body was removed to University Hospital Kerry for a post-mortem examination.

The road was closed to facilitate Garda forensic collision investigators but has since reopened to traffic.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station 064-6671160 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

In August four people were brought to University Hospital Kerry following a crash on the N22.

The two-car crash took place just before midday in the Minish area.  And in May this year, another fatal collision took place on the N22.  Annette Mannix, in her late 40s died after a collision with a tractor.  She was from St Brendan's Place in Killarney, not far from where the accident occurred.

The carer had been cycling with a group when she was in collision with the tractor towing agricultural equipment.

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