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Saturday 3 December 2016

Pedestrian and motorcyclist are killed in separate road accidents

Gardai at the crash scene on the M11 in Wicklow
Gardai at the crash scene on the M11 in Wicklow

Two people have been killed in road accidents over the weekend, bringing to 112 the number who have died on Irish roads this year.

On Saturday night a 31-year-old man died after he was struck by a car while he was walking on the M11 motorway in Co Wicklow.

The pedestrian was fatally injured when he was hit at Roscath, south of Wicklow town, shortly before 10.30pm.

He was named locally as Simon McGeoghegan, from Arklow, Co Wicklow and was originally from Co Donegal.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and gardai notified the coroner as his body was removed to the mortuary at Loughlinstown Hospital.

Diversions

A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out on his body there.

The scene was preserved for forensic examination and the road was closed for a time.

Diversions were put in place on the southbound carriageway of the M11 between Junctions 18 (Wicklow South) and 19 (Brittas Bay).

Investigating gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Wicklow Garda Station on 0404-60140 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

In a second accident on the N11 yesterday morning, a black 4x4 was involved in a collision at the Glen of the Downs on the northbound carriageway shortly before noon.

The vehicle left the road and an ambulance was called to the scene. It is not known how many were injured or the extent of their injuries.

Meanwhile, a man in his 20s died after his motorbike left the road and struck a barrier in Westmeath.

Injured

The incident occurred east of Mulligar town on the old N4 at around 11.20am yesterday.

The man was seriously injured in the incident, at Heathstown in Coralstown.

He was taken by ambulance to Mullingar Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Garda forensic teams examined the scene while the road was closed and local traffic diversions were put in place.

Investigating gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Mullingar Garda Station 044-9384000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

The number killed on the country's roads so far is less than last year.

A total of 131 people had been killed by September 2014, 19 more than have been killed this year.

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