Wednesday 13 November 2019

Irish woman and parents seriously injured in holiday car crash in Australia

Marguerite Brosnan and Gerard Brosnan
Marguerite Brosnan and Gerard Brosnan
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

Three members of an Irish family are recovering from serious injuries in an Australian hospital following a fatal road crash that claimed the life of a friend.

Gerard Brosnan (55) and his wife Marguerite (52) from Port Road in Killarney, Co Kerry, were visiting their daughter Karen (28) in Perth when the station wagon in which they were travelling was struck by a car on Sunday being driven by a man later charged with drink driving.

Karen Brosnan
Karen Brosnan

Mr Brosnan, who works at Killarney National Park, is in a critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Perth Hospital.

His wife, who works for a solicitor's firm in Killarney, and daughter are in a serious but stable condition.

The 56-year-old driver of the station wagon, understood to be a friend of the Brosnans, died from his injuries in hospital. He was named locally as Martin Roberts from Hamersley.

Two other passengers also in his car, said to be a 27-year-old man and 39-year-old woman, are stable.

The scene of fatal crash at Karrinyup last night. Picture: Grant Wynne/Seven News/Twitter
The scene of fatal crash at Karrinyup last night. Picture: Grant Wynne/Seven News/Twitter

The crash happened at an intersection in the Karrinyup area of Perth at around 10.20pm.

The 20-year-old driver of the other car was arrested at the scene and charged with drink driving and two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and three charges of dangerous driving causing harm.

He was released on bail and is due to appear before Perth Magistrates Court on February 3.

The couple had travelled to Perth for Christmas to visit Karen who had been living there for the past year and was the manager of a shoe shop in Perth.

The Brosnans also have another daughter, Claire, in Australia and a son, Jack in Killarney.

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