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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Tragic Louise (26) crushed to death in rush-hour traffic

A YOUNG woman was killed in a tragic cycling accident on her short journey to work.

Louise Butler (26) was struck by a lorry during rush hour traffic in Dublin yesterday.

The Wicklow woman was cycling through Blackrock when the horrific accident occurred at around 8.45am.

Louis was cycling to the Avoca Food Market & Salt Cafe in Monkstown where she worked.

The store closed after news of the tragedy filtered through.

"She had been with us in the cafe from the beginning when we first opened in November 2011," a spokeswoman said.

"She was a terrific worker and extremely well liked. She was a super person and also such a lovely looking girl.

 

SHOCK

"It's just such a tragedy for all concerned. We closed the cafe; the staff are all in such shock.

"We didn't hear that she had died because she was taken to hospital, and they didn't announce that she had died until the afternoon.

"Her parents are in shock, they were whistled up from where they live; it's just frightful."

A family member told the Herald: "She was just back from Australia in April, she absolutely loved to travel. She was over there for around six months.

"Louise was very bubbly and outgoing. She got on with everyone and everyone got on with her." Gardai have launched an investigation into the tragedy which involved a Superquinn-branded delivery truck.

It is believed that Ms Butler was knocked from her bicycle after turning left onto Frascati Road. The area was sealed off for most of yesterday by garda forensic collision investigators.

The relative said that Louise was a music fan and had worked at the Oxegen festival.

She said Ms Butler had been cycling her new bicycle to work at the time of the accident, a journey of just 10 minutes.

"She moved up to Dublin and was living with her boyfriend," she said.

The young woman was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital but lost her fight for life a short time later. Her devastated parents Ann and Christopher were at the hospital by her side.

Ms Butler is also survived by her brothers Shane and Kevin and her sister Katie. Locals in Ms Butler's Wicklow home in the Glen of Imaal told of their shock. after hearing of the accident.

Peter Case, a good friend of the family, said that Ms Butler was loved in the community.

"She always had a smile for you. She was an absolutely lovely girl, a very pleasant girl," he said.

"The family are lovely people as well, they've lived in this area all of their lives."

A Superquinn spokesman said: "We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of the woman involved."

 

CRASH

He said the lorry was operated by the company's logistics provider Wincanton but declined to comment further, owing to the garda investigation.

Gardai have asked Dublin Bus for their CCTV. Anyone with information has been asked to contact Blackrock garda station 01-6665200 or the garda confidential line 1800 666 111.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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