Thursday 18 January 2018

Man killed as he tried to warn other drivers

A MAN killed after being hit by a car on the N11 was attempting to warn other motorists about treacherous driving conditions

PATRICK Kinsella (38) from Enniscorthy was the only fatality in the seven-car pile-up which took place on the northbound carriageway of the N11, at the Ashford/Rathnew exit, at around 7 a.m. on Friday.

Mr. Kinsella got out of his car to make other motorists aware of a number of crashed vehicles ahead of them when he was struck by another car.

Gardai say freezing temperatures may have been a factor. It is understood that patches of 'black ice' had been reported that morning near to the scene of the accident.

The N11 was closed northbound so that garda forensic collision experts could examine the scene.

While none of the other vehicle occupants suffered serious injuries, a number had to be treated for shock. Some had witnessed Mr. Kinsella being struck as he stepped outside his car.

Wicklow Fire Service units, paramedics and a number of ambulances all attended the scene.

At the time of the accident Mr. Kinsella was driving to Superquinn in Bray where he worked. He had purposefully set off that morning earlier than usual having heard of the icy and difficult driving conditions.

He had also previously worked at Centra in Rathnew when it first opened. The following tribute was placed on the store's Facebook page. 'Pa was one of the first staff members when we opened in Rathnew and he was very well liked by all the customers and staff. Pa was a very hard working guy and always had a smile on his face he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace.'

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