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Gardai and road safety campaigners are alarmed as the number killed on our roads has soared by 16pc compared to 2019.

Three people died in Meath, Cork and Wexford over the weekend, bringing to 115 the number of people killed on Irish roads this year.

That is 16 deaths more than for the same period last year.

A total of 17 people have died on Irish roads this month.

Both gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are alarmed because traffic volumes were slashed by 70pc for almost three months this year due to the pandemic lockdown.

A total of 24 pedestrians have died so far in 2020.

Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman - who is charged with roads policing - urged motorists to heed the safety advice.

The latest fatality occurred in Wexford where a 32-year-old man died in a single vehicle crash outside Taghmon on Saturday night.

The accident occurred at 11.30pm at Newtown and the man, the only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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It followed the death of well-known Cork musician Pete Newman (75), known by the stage name of Pete Duffy, in a freak accident in Douglas, Cork on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Newman was killed after he was hit by a van reversing in the car park of College Corinthians football club at 3.30pm.

The musician was trapped under the van and, despite desperate efforts to help him, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tributes were paid to him by friends and fellow performers.

Musician Ger O'Sullivan said Mr Newman was "a very talented songwriter".

The third fatality involved a 29-year-old Moldovan man who died after an accident involving an electric scooter in Slane, Co Meath.

Gardaí are investigating the accident that occurred on the N51 Navan to Slane Road amid fears it could be a hit-and-run.

The man, who was wearing a helmet and high visibility jacket, was found lying on the road near Harmanstown at 2.50am on Saturday.

He had only moved to Ireland a few months ago and was due to get married next year.