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Sunday 4 December 2016

Weekend tragedies mean eight people have died on Irish roads in seven days

Funeral of Donna Fox
Funeral of Donna Fox

Eight people have died on Irish roads in seven days following three fatal collisions in 24 hours over the weekend.

In total 126 people have ben killed in road accidents so far this year, compared to 106 deaths during the same period in 2015.

The latest tragedies over the weekend claimed the lives of a car driver, a motorcyclist and a pedestrian.

In the early hours of Saturday morning a pedestrian, aged in his 60s was fatally injured after being struck by a car, near Hospital in Co Limerick.

A single vehicle collision occurred one hour later on the N52, Co Tipperary. A male in his early 30s died after the car he was driving left the road and collided with a fence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A third life was lost shortly before 11pm on Saturday following a collision between a motorcycle and a car near Campile, Co Wexford.

The 38-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 25-year-old motorist was uninjured.

Saturday night's tragic collision brings to eight the number of people who died on Irish roads last week.

On Sunday morning last week, Maureen Creaner (92) was killed after being struck by a car on her way home from mass on the Navan Road in Dublin shortly after 8.15am.

The male driver of the vehicle was arrested and brought to Finglas garda station, but has since been released without charge.

The following day a man in his 60s was killed following a single-vehicle collision in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Just hours later, new mum Nicola Kenny died after her vehicle was hit by a truck while pulled over in the hard shoulder of the M8 near Cashel, Co Tipperary.

Baby

Nicola (26) had been on her way to Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin, with her mother and aunt to visit her newborn baby.

On Tuesday, Donna Fox (30) tragically died after the cyclist collided with a truck on Seville Place in Dublin's north-inner city.

Scores of relatives, friends and colleagues packed St Peter and Paul's church in Balbriggan for her funeral on Saturday to pay tribute to her.

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