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Man (27) dies after being struck by taxi

GARDAI are appealing for witnesses after a man in his late 20s died after being knocked down by a taxi.

John Forde (27) from Killiney, south Dublin died from his injuries at St Vincent's Hospital.

The man was struck by the car while walking on the N11 at Blake's Cross, Stillorgan at 3.40am yesterday.

It is believed that he was attempting to cross the dual-carriageway when he was hit by the oncoming vehicle.

He was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital but was pronounced dead yesterday evening at around 8.30pm.

The taxi driver was not injured in the crash and he is not believed to have been carrying a passenger at the time of the crash.

Officers sealed off the scene for a large part of the day yesterday, diverting traffic off the dual carriageway and through Stillorgan village.

Gardai in Blackrock have appealed for anyone with information to contact Blackrock Garda Station 01 6665 200, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

The death contributed to a grim weekend on Irish roads with four deaths in four separate road accidents.


In Co Mayo on Saturday, a 30-year-old woman died when the motorcycle on which she was a pillion passenger crashed near Ballyhaunis shortly after 2am.

The woman has been named as Sharon O'Dowd from Old Racecourse Estate, Knock Road, Ballyhaunis.

The single-vehicle incident occurred shortly after 2am at Cloonthumper on the main Ballyhaunis to Claremorris road when the motorcycle veered off the road and struck a road sign.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 26-year-old man, was rushed to Mayo General Hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

In Galway, a motorcyclist was killed in a single-vehicle incident on a minor road at Cahercon, Kinvarra, at 12.25pm on Saturday.

The driver of the motorbike, who was named locally as Keith Honan (34), from Gort, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His remains were brought to University College Hospital in Galway.


Liam Tonan (17), an up-and-coming Meath footballer, was also killed in the early hours of Sunday morning after a single vehicle collision at Kilbrew near Ashbourne, Co Meath.

The four deaths have brought the number of victims killed in road accidents so far this year to 80.

A man is also in a critical condition following a crash in Co Louth.

The 39-year-old male was injured after a single vehicle collision on the Old Slane Road at Townley Hall in Drogheda at 2.40am on Sunday morning.

The victim was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and is in a critical condition.