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Sunday 19 August 2018

Tragic schoolboy Morgan (13) killed as car crashes into ditch on Clare Island

Tragedy happened on Clare Island, off the coast of Mayo
Tragedy happened on Clare Island, off the coast of Mayo

A teenager who was killed in a road accident on Clare Island, off the coast of Co Mayo, in the early hours of yesterday has been named locally as 13-year-old Morgan Pinder.

He was the only occupant of the car, which crashed into a ditch at The Quay at around 1am, garda said.

Morgan was the youngest son of Tom and Maureen Pinder, from Clare Island, and brother to Christian, Dylan and Jack.

The emergency services were contacted after the crash but Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Truck

The stretch of road where the crash happened was closed for an examination.

Morgan's body will lie in repose at the family home in Gurteen today.

His funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 1pm in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Clare Island, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

On Thursday, a 70-year-old man was fatally injured when his car was involved in a collision with a truck in Galway.

The accident happened on the Monivea Road, near Carnmore, at around 2pm.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University Hospital Galway.

The driver of the truck was uninjured.

Last week, gardai issued an appeal for road users to be extra cautious as the August bank holiday has previously seen a spike in road deaths.

A total of 89 people have died in crashes so far this year. This is down six compared with the same period last year.

The main emphasis of the latest road safety appeal was for motorcyclists, who are among the most vulnerable road users in the event of a collision.

Since the start of the year, seven motorcyclists have been killed on the roads.

Sunday is the most dangerous day for motorcyclist fatalities, with 70pc of the deaths occurring then.

Risks

While most motorcycle riders are aware of their vulnerability when biking and the majority are safety-conscious, there is a worrying minority that take unnecessary risks, a garda spokesman said.

An examination of forensic fatal collision investigation files published in 2016 by the Road Safety Authority found that almost a third of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 had consumed alcohol, and that bikers speeding was a factor in almost half of all motorcyclist deaths.

Motorcyclists on powerful machines were urged to appreciate the risk they face and take steps to ensure their safety.

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