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Saturday 7 December 2019

Fourth person dies on roads in grim bank holiday weekend as pensioner killed in pillar crash

Windgate Road in Howth, where a single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a woman in her 70s
Windgate Road in Howth, where a single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a woman in her 70s

A woman in her late 70s became the fourth person to die on our roads on the bank holiday weekend after her car crashed in Howth.

The single-vehicle crash happened on Windgate Road at 3.20pm on Sunday.

The woman was the sole occupant of the car when it crashed into a pillar of a house.

She was named locally as Helen Jordan, from Thormanby Lawns, Howth, Dublin.

Ms Jordan was seriously injured and taken to Beaumont Hospital where she passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Garda forensic collision investigators and scene of crime officers later examined the crash site.

Investigating gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact them at Raheny Garda Station on 01-6664300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

The four deaths between Friday and yesterday made for a grim June bank holiday weekend on Irish roads.

It also brings to eight the number of people who have lost their lives on the roads over the past week alone.

Gardai and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) expressed alarm as road deaths have soared by 20pc so far this year compared to 2018 levels.

A total of 71 people have been killed so far in 2019 - 12 deaths higher than for the comparable period last year.

Five of the fatalities this year have involved cyclists.

RSA boss Moyagh Murdock urged everyone to take greater care on Irish roads.

"We are urging all road users - particularly motorists and drivers of large vehicles - to make sure they slow down, allow a safe passing distance and be safe out there," she said.

Gardai said the increased number of traffic fatalities compared to last year is a cause of concern for everyone involved in road safety.

Pleas

Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan, who leads the Roads Policing Unit, urged all road users to heed the safety pleas.

"Be mindful of the changing weather conditions that impact on road surfaces, never ever drink and drive, reduce your speed and arrive alive to prevent any further tragedy on our roads," he said.

In the early hours of Sunday, a young man died and two others were injured when a 4x4 ploughed into a ditch in Tipperary.

The dead man was named locally as Sean Breen (24), who was a native of Annacarty.

Mr Breen was well known in the area, having played GAA with Eire Og Annacarty and was manager at Jacko Breen Agri, a local silage contracting company.

The accident happened at around 5.30am on the R661 road linking Dundrum to Thurles.

It is believed Mr Breen was travelling home from a 21st birthday party in nearby Drombane when the accident happened.

In Kerry, a Polish man in his 30s died when his bicycle was in a collision with a car at a junction outside Beaufort, near Killarney. It happened shortly after 8am on Sunday.

The accident happened on a stretch of road popular with cyclists on training exercises in the Gap of Dunloe.

Mariusz Kryszak (45) was treated at the scene by paramedics. However, he was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to hospital.

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