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Sunday 17 December 2017

Junior Cert student killed as four die on weekend of carnage

APPEAL: Garda probe as 15-year-old boy hit on motorway

A 15-YEAR-OLD Junior Cert student died after he was hit by a car on a motorway.

Tragic Craig Hafford was one of four people to die on Irish roads this weekend.

And the death of a young man in a car crash early today brought the number of people killed on the roads this year to 92.

Gardai in Ashbourne, Co Meath, are appealing for witnesses to the collision that claimed the life of the schoolboy who was struck by a car on the Ashbourne bypass motorway yesterday afternoon.



Crashed

The boy, named locally as Craig Hafford from Ashbourne, was walking along the motorway at around 4.50pm when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car was uninjured.

Gardai closed the road in both directions and have issued an appeal for any witnesses to contact them on 01 8010600.

A man in his 20s was killed early today when the car he was driving crashed near Waterford. The crash happened at a bridge on the Cheekpoint Road at 1.10 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body removed to Waterford Regional Hospital. He was the sole occupant of the car and no one else was injured. Gardai have appealed for witnesses.

In the early hours of Friday, Gavin Doyle (22) of Kenagh, Co Longford, and Tom Kearney (24) of Ardagh, Co Longford, were pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash on the outskirts of Longford town.

Kayleigh McGann, Mr Kearney's girlfriend, was believed to have been thrown from the car as it struck a ditch and crossed over to the other side of the road, where it struck a wall and overturned shortly after midnight.

Nightclub

She was hospitalised along with Stephen Faughnan, who is understood to have been driving the Honda Civic.

Friends of the young men said they had been socialising in a house near the village of Kenagh before they decided to travel in two separate cars to visit a popular nightclub in Longford town.

In Co Donegal, a quick-thinking driver helped save the lives of a coachload of pensioners by taking evasive action moments before a crash.

Frank McKelvey (58) was driving a coach that was involved in a collision with a car near Ardara in south-west Donegal on Saturday. The crash left 51 people in hospital.

All the pensioners on board were treated for shock, with three people kept overnight for more serious injuries, including the 18-year-old driver of the car.

Letterkenny General Hospital brought in staff from leave to help treat the 49 pensioners, who were all from the St Johnston and Carrigans areas of east Donegal, on a day out organised by a community group.

And gardai in Greystones, Co Wicklow, are investigating a single vehicle accident on the N11 just north of the Glen of the Downs on Sunday morning.

Cycling

A male driver aged in his mid-20s was seriously injured when his car went out of control and crashed at 8am. He was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

A 49-year-old cyclist is recovering after he had to be airlifted by the Irish Coast Guard following an accident in Clare.

The man, thought to be from Co Limerick, had been participating in the An Post Tour de Burren cycling event when he was involved in an accident at Ballyella Hill near Fanore on Saturday morning.

He was airlifted to Cork Airport and taken by road to Cork University Hospital.

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