Soldier killed in smash was a 'dedicated father'
A DUBLINER who won awards for serving in the Army was one of two men who died in separate road accidents at the weekend.
The family of Jason Behan (27) last night described the father of one as a "generous and caring person" and someone "dedicated to his daughter".
Mr Behan, originally from Blanchardstown but living in Longford, died on Friday evening after the car he was travelling in hit a pole in Legan village.
A passenger in the car, named locally as Bobby McGregor (22), was hospitalised after sustaining non life-threatening injuries
Mr Behan's father Eamonn said last night that his son had joined the Defence Forces after completing secondary school in the local Moyne Community College and had served in Chad.
He was also an accomplished boxer and trained in Taekwondo and won several awards.
"He was very kind and generous and happy-go-lucky. He was always looking out for people and trying to help people and would do anything he could for you," Mr Behan said of his son.
"He loved the Army and was voted the best machine gunner and received other distinctions during his time in the Defence Forces.
"He left because he wanted to change careers but he never got to. But we know he's looking down on his daughter Alexia now."
The family moved to Ballinalee in Co Longford around 20 years ago.
Gardai in Edgeworthstown have appealed for information and wish to speak with anyone who may have seen the 99 SO black Toyota Avensis involved in the crash in the area earlier that evening.
Local councillor Paul Ross expressed his condolences to the Behan family and added that it was fortunate no one else had been killed in the accident.
Separately, a 57-year-old man died when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a fence in Red House Road, Glencullen, Co Dublin, at around 7.45pm on Saturday. The man was taken to St Vincent's University Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
The scene of the crash was closed to traffic for a period in order to facilitate an examination by garda forensic collision investigators.
Gardai have appealed for anyone with information to contact Dundrum Garda Station on 01 666 5600.