Friday 19 January 2018

Tributes to man (69) who was dead in crashed car in roundabout 'for days'

The man’s body was found in a car in Galway
Richard Beswick, known by his friends as Dickie.

A man found dead in a crashed car in Galway may have lain there for days.

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of Richard Beswick's body in a crashed car on the outskirts of Galway city yesterday afternoon.

Galway gardaí made the discovery after a member of the public alerted them to a car hidden by trees in the middle of the Martin roundabout on the Oranmore road near the Galway Clinic.

Emergency services were called to the scene yesterday afternoon where they discovered the body in the car, a red Honda Civic.

Mr Beswick, also known as Dickie, was the sole occupant of the car.

Richard Beswick, known by his friends as Dickie.
Richard Beswick, known by his friends as Dickie.

A Facebook campaign page called "Help Find Dickie" had been launched when friends noticed that he was missing.

"This is our dear friend Richard Beswick which most of you will know as Dickie. He has been missing since Monday night we are extremely worried and would be greatful of any information about his whereabouts."

Yesterday, a friend posted: "Dickie was a great friend and always full of fun it's an awful tragedy for his life to come to an end in this way. Dickie was loved by all and will be sadly missed may he rest in peace."

The man’s body was found in
a car in Galway
The man’s body was found in a car in Galway

Investigating officers believe the man died as a result of injuries after his car collided with trees on the roundabout. They believe he may have lain at the scene for "a number of days".

The scene was hidden from view by trees and was only discovered after a passenger on a bus noticed a section of the car and notified gardaí.

Officers are satisfied that the man died as a result of a road crash and that there was no one else in the car at the time.

They are now appealing for anyone who may have information on the incident to contact them.

The man's remains have been removed to Galway University Hospital where a post mortem will be carried out.

The N6 Oranmore dual carriageway was closed for a number of hours yesterday evening for a technical examination of the scene.

The inbound approach to Galway was closed from the Maldron hotel in Oranmore, while restrictions were in place on the outbound lane of the dual carriageway.

Commuters were advised to use the motorway and take the N18 exit while the restrictions were in place.

Locals in Galway last night expressed their concerns about the state of the roundabout, which is a raised mound covered in trees and hedging.

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