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Mum-of-four's fatal leap from speeding car

This is the tragic mum-of-four who gardai believe died after jumping from a speeding car.

Zanna Alem (35) had suffered horrific injuries and was dying when she was discovered by gardai on patrol at the Couse Bridge roundabout in Waterford shortly after midnight on Sunday.

A 29-year-old Lithuanian man was arrested at the scene and was held for 24 hours by gardai before being released without charge. Sources say that they are satisfied that the man -- who has a Waterford address -- has no case to answer over her death.


Other witnesses and evidence backed up the account that the tragic woman had jumped from a car. There was no evidence that Ms Alem -- also a Lithuanian national -- had been assaulted.

A post-mortem which was completed on Sunday revealed that the woman died from head injuries.

The man who was arrested and Ms Alem -- who lived on Tramore Road in Waterford -- were well known to each other and were understood to have been socialising with each other earlier on Saturday night.

Although murder has been ruled out, gardai are still appealing for witnesses to the incident.

Anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity or who may been travelling on Waterford's ring road between Ballindud, Cousebridge and Tramore Road roundabouts between 11am and 12.15am to contact Ballybricken station at (051) 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line (1800) 666111.