Saturday 7 December 2019

Pedestrian knocked down as he crossed Dublin road takes year's death toll to 71

Garda checkpoint
Garda checkpoint

A pedestrian in his late 30s has become the latest person to die on our roads this year after being struck by a car in north Dublin.

Gardai are carrying out an investigation into the accident, which happened on the Whitestown Road in Rush at around 1pm on Friday.

The man was crossing the road when he was hit by a car, and was taken to Beaumont Hospital for treatment.

He died yesterday afternoon, and investigating gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

It is understood he had been living just outside Rush.

No arrests have yet been made, and gardai in Balbriggan are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them.

It brings to 71 the number of people who have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year, compared with 60 in the same period last year.

Last week, a woman in her 70s was the fourth person to die on the roads over the bank holiday weekend after her car crashed into a pillar in Howth.

The accident happened at 3.20pm on Windgate Road.

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


She was seriously injured and taken to Beaumont Hospital where she died.

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

Earlier that morning, 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.

Meanwhile, in an operation over the weekend, gardai arrested a man for motoring offences who was out on temporary release from prison.

It emerged that the man is subject to 45 years of driving bans.

The driver allegedly had no licence, tax or insurance when gardai pulled him over near Dublin city centre.

It is understood he was caught after he was seen turning away from a garda checkpoint in the city on Saturday afternoon.

Gardai became suspicious and followed him to Watling Street, close to the Liberties, where he was stopped.

The car, a silver Lexus, was seized and the driver was arrested. He is due to appear in court on new motoring charges.

Gardai posted news of the arrest on the force's Twitter account .

"DMR Roads policing stop a driver on temporary release from prison for driving offences. Serving 45 years of driving bans," it said.

"No licence, insurance or tax. Vehicle seized. Driver arrested and court to follow."

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