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Driver (59) dies after horror crash in city centre

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Gardai at the scene of the fatal crash near Baggot Street yesterday

Gardai at the scene of the fatal crash near Baggot Street yesterday

Colin Keegan

Gardai at the scene of the fatal crash near Baggot Street yesterday

A man died following a horrific car crash in Dublin city centre yesterday morning.

The 59-year-old victim was the driver and sole occupant of the car that crashed into a parked car on Lad Lane near the Department of Health's office on Baggot Street at around 10.45am.

The car then careened off a concrete block on a building site. The victim, whom gardai understand lived locally, was then rushed to St Vincent's Hospital by ambulance. However, he tragically later died of his injuries.

His identity has not yet been released.

Investigation

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The area was cordoned off for a forensic investigation, with local diversions in place.

Gardai last night were asking any witnesses to the crash to contact them.

They are especially interested in speaking to anyone who may have dash camera footage of the accident and asked them to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01-6669000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

The death of the man brings to 54 the number of people who have lost their lives on the roads so far this year, including six in April alone.

The victim was the 23rd driver to have been fatally injured in car accidents this year - the largest single category of fatalities, followed by 16 pedestrians, 10 passengers, four motorcyclists and one cyclist.

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Gardai at the scene

Gardai at the scene

Colin Keegan

Gardai at the scene

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The scene at Lad Lane/James Street East, adjacent to the Department of Health

The scene at Lad Lane/James Street East, adjacent to the Department of Health

Colin Keegan

The scene at Lad Lane/James Street East, adjacent to the Department of Health