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Sunday 26 March 2017

'Vibrant' mum Yvonne 'killed by drunk driver' on holiday in Morocco

Yvonne Slaughter was allegedly knocked down and killed by a speeding government official
Yvonne Slaughter was allegedly knocked down and killed by a speeding government official

A tragic mother-of-two who was killed by a suspected drunk driver while on holiday in Morocco has been remembered as a "vibrant, popular character".

Yvonne Slaughter, who was in her 50s, was knocked down as she was about to cross a road in the resort of Agadir on Saturday night.

She lived in Sallins, Co Kildare, with her husband Brendan and their two teenage children.

Local media reports in Morocco say that Yvonne was trying to cross Boulevard du 20 Aout in the town when she was struck by a local official, who was allegedly speeding.

Fled

The driver fled the scene but was chased and caught by angry locals, who handed him over to police.

The suspect was arrested and taken to court, where his case was heard by the local prosecutor, according to reports.

The judge then ordered that the man be detained in prison while police investigate the incident.

Yvonne's body was taken to a local mortuary, where a pathologist carried out a post-mortem examination.

Her husband Brendan has travelled to Morocco to repatriate her body to Ireland in the coming days.

The local community and the wider family are rallying around to comfort Yvonne's family as they try to come to terms with the tragedy.

The Slaughter family are involved in local sports, and Yvonne herself used to work at a local gym.

The family has also been involved in the Sallins Celtic football club.

"Yvonne was a big part of us here in Energie Fitness for more than 16 years, both as a member and an employee," said deputy manager Rhonda Forde.

"We are still trying to get our heads around it and all our members are very saddened and shocked by what happened.

"Yvonne was vibrant, the greatest character in the whole place and very popular," she added.

"She sang her way through every class, and her favourite was the spin class.

"The staff pumped out the song All About The Bass as a tribute to her after hearing the terrible news, it was her favourite.

"Yvonne loved Morocco and had been there before. It was an awful thing to happen when she was away to have fun and relax," she added.

Simon Gavin of Sallins Celtic said the club extended its sympathy and sorrow to the Slaughter family.

"Yvonne and Brendan, who coached here in the past, would often be on the sidelines when their son was playing. They were always very involved," he said.

Fianna Fail councillor Carmel Kelly, who lives in the same estate as the Slaughters, said the news had spread with sadness over the weekend.

"The entire community is shocked to the core," she said.

"Yvonne was a local lady who was community-spirited, obliging, bubbly and she and her family are well-respected in the area.

Awful

"The whole of Sallins will be shocked by this. The awful news is only getting around now and people are very saddened by it," he added.

Funeral arrangements will be made when her body is released to her family.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it was providing consular assistance to an Irish family.

It is not the only road tragedy in the Agadir area in recent days. Eleven people were killed in a horrific bus fire last Thursday morning.

Another 22 were injured after the bus burst into flames near a petrol station in Amskroud, 40km from Agadir.

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