Garry (22) dies in car he was trying to sell for Oz trip
A YOUNG man who became the first road crash victim of 2012 had been trying to sell his car to raise funds for a trip to Australia.
Garry Morgan was killed close to his home in Virginia, Co Cavan, early on New Year's Day.
The 22-year-old died shortly after 2am when his car went out of control on the N3 and crashed into a wall.
In a separate incident, an aunt of Independent TD Mick Wallace was killed in a car crash yesterday afternoon.
Margaret Wallace (69), the second wife of Mick's uncle James, was at the wheel of her vehicle when it struck a ditch at Haggard, Ramsgrange, not far outside New Ross, Co Wexford.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. A 79-year-old female passenger was taken by ambulance to Wexford General Hospital.
In the earlier incident, Mr Morgan was travelling alone and was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed to Cavan General Hospital for a post-mortem.
It is understood Mr Morgan was driving home after attending a New Year's Eve party at the Lakeside Manor Hotel.
He is believed to have driven past his home to get food at a local chip shop just before 2am.
His death marked a double tragedy for the Morgan family following the death of Garry's father Philip last July.
Garry had been trying to sell his 1990 Volkswagen Golf, having placed an ad online a number of weeks prior to his death.
He was the second eldest of four brothers and was described locally as a popular young man who was always willing to give a helping hand.
A former student of Virginia College, he had been planning to travel to Croatia before making his way to Australia, it is understood. Cavan Fianna Fail councillor Shane O'Reilly said Mr Morgan's family were devastated by his death.
Garry was very popular in the town and was a "true gentleman", Cllr O'Reilly said.
His death came as road death data showed the number of fatalities in 2011 had fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1959, with 186 people killed last year.
The figure was a drop of 26 on the amount killed in 2010.
Deaths have also fallen for their sixth consecutive year, according to the Road Safety Authority. Last year was the fourth year in a row where deaths had been a record low.
A total of 212 people were killed in 2010, down from 238 the previous year.
Some 279 were killed in 2008 and 338 died in 2007.
Road deaths have dropped by 50pc since the Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 was introduced.
Gardai in Westport, Co Mayo, are also investigating a single vehicle road accident in which a 52-year-old man was killed.
The collision occurred at 12.35am today at Kilsallagh, just outside Louisburgh on the Westport to Louisburgh Road.
The dead man was a passenger in the vehicle. The 23-year-old driver and a second passenger, a 19-year-old, were uninjured in the accident.