A 74-YEAR-OLD grandmother has died in a freak car accident and her two young grandchildren were being treated in hospital for shock last night.
The accident happened close to the Tesco and Aldi stores at Francis Street in Ennis, Co Clare at around 1.30pm yesterday.
The woman, named locally as Josie Lucas from Ennis, is understood to have been placing shopping into the back of her car, when it suddenly reversed knocking her and her young granddaughter to the ground.
The victim's young grandson was inside the car at the time.
The two children were unhurt but were taken to hospital where they were treated for shock. The girl is six years old while the boy is five.
Gardai are investigating all the circumstances of the accident and are seeking witnesses to the tragedy.
It is believed that the child inside the car may have unwittingly turned the key in the ignition, starting the vehicle which is thought to have been in gear.
The car reversed out of its parking space and across to the other side of the road. The woman was knocked to the ground while the second child escaped unhurt.
An off-duty fire officer and paramedic, who were passing at the time, jumped into action and alerted the emergency services.
Dozens of shoppers looked on as emergency crews battled to revive the woman. Passers-by took care of both children while emergency services arrived at the scene. Two units of the fire brigade from Ennis along with two ambulances and rapid response advanced paramedics responded to the incident.
Despite the best efforts of the paramedics, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mrs Lucas' family owns a popular pub in the centre of Ennis.
A garda spokesman said: "We believe the woman was putting her shopping into the back of her car when it moved.
"There were two children with her but they were unhurt.
"We have spoken to some witnesses, but would still ask anyone who was in the Francis Street area at around 1.30pm to contact us at Ennis station if they saw anything."