Man killed, young woman serious as car flips into field
A devastating crash has claimed the life of a young man and left a teenage girl seriously injured.
The man, named locally as Patrick Lynch (27), was rushed to hospital following the single- vehicle accident near Castlepollard, Co Westmeath, late on Wednesday night but was pronounced dead a short while later.
The other occupant of the car, Linda Costin-Smith (18), was also taken to hospital with serious injuries. She is understood to be in a stable condition.
It is understood that Mr Lynch was from the Oldcastle area of Co Meath while Ms Costin- Smith is from Cavan town.
It is believed the car veered into a ditch before careering along and flipping on to its roof into a field in Deerpark, about 2km outside of Castlepollard.
The crash happened some time between 10 and 11.20pm on the rural Castlepollard to Collinstown Road (R395).
The road was closed for several hours yesterday as forensic crash investigators examined the scene.
"A car hit a ditch and ended up in a field. A male occupant was fatally injured and pronounced dead at Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar," a garda spokesman said.
"A female occupant was seriously injured and also taken to Midland Regional Hospital. Her condition is described as serious."
Gardai are appealing for witnesses.
Castlepollard councillor Paddy Hill said the area was in shock at the news yesterday and added that his thoughts were with the families.
"I certainly pass on my sympathies to both families," Mr Hill said. "Everyone in the area is terribly saddened by what has happened.