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Family in dark after OAP killed in garda smash

THE family of an elderly woman, who was killed in a collision involving a marked garda car, have said they have no information on what happened.

Elizabeth Core (75) died after she was struck by the vehicle at the junction of the Fonthill Road and St John's Road at 11.30am yesterday.

She was returning to her home in Corkagh View, Ronanstown, with bags of shopping from the nearby Mill Shopping Centre, when tragedy struck.

The centre is just a short walk through the Clondalkin Park to the address.

"We would like to say that we have no more information than has been made public.

"We are going to miss her so much. We would be grateful if you would let us grieve in private," her daughter Lorraine said in a statement.

It is understood that Ms Core was flung into the windscreen of the car in the collision.

Ms Core received head injuries and a broken leg and was brought to Tallaght Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

A statement from the gardai said: "An Garda Siochana wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the woman who was fatally injured in a road traffic collision on Fonthill Road."

The statement added that as the matter has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman Commission for investigation, An Garda Siochana will not be commenting further at this time.

Groups of friends and family gathered at the house yesterday evening to console each other.

One neighbour said that the spot where Ms Core had been crossing was regularly used by people in the estate.

"There's a gap in the fence there and people often cross the road when they're coming from the park.

"It's absolutely terrible and my heart goes out to the family," he said.

The incident was reported to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) for an independent investigation.

Traffic diversions were put in place at the scene while crash investigators carried out an assessment.

Anyone with information is asked to contact GSOC at 1890 600 800.

Meanwhile, three people were taken to hospital following a crash between a fire engine and a car in Dublin city centre.

The incident happened at the Five Lamps on Amiens Street on Wednesday at 9.30pm.

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Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed the turntable appliance was en route to a fire in Clonliffe at the time of the accident.

The large emergency appliance travelling from the city centre crashed with a black 07 registered BMW.

The three women in the car, aged, 28, 27, and 26, were taken to hospital as a precaution and were not described as being seriously injured.

Dublin Fire Brigade said the fire tender was taken out of commission for assessment and repairs, but was back on the road by yesterday evening.

A replacement appliance was put into service while the damaged vehicle was off the road.

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