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Saturday 19 October 2019

Two Dubliners are among injured in New York crash

John John and his wife Caitlin on their wedding day
John John and his wife Caitlin on their wedding day

Two Dublin men have been seriously injured in a car crash that killed an Irishman and his wife in New York State.

An alleged drunk driver (58) has been arrested following the tragedy in the town of Clifton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Co Mayo native John John Heneghan (33) and his American wife Caitlyn Holtzman (32) died after their car was hit by another vehicle while they were stopped at a traffic light.

The three other people injured were named as Dubliners Luke O'Doherty (25) and Enda Crowley (31), along with Virginia native Julia Staples (24). Their injuries have been described as serious but not life-threatening.

Mr O'Doherty is from Carpenterstown, Co Dublin, and is a keen hurler who had played for St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA in Ashtown.

Mr Crowley hails from Templeogue and has been living in the US for a number of years. He is the vice-president of a construction company in a branch in New York, and in 2018 was named as one of New York's top young professionals.

"Crowley leads by example when it comes to continuing education, having completed advanced training in both project and contract management at New York University," stated construction publication ENR New York.

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"He's also making a difference in his adopted city through extensive volunteer work that includes the iMentor organisation. In 2016, Crowley cycled 500 miles (900km) through southern Europe to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation."

The man arrested in connection with the incident has been named by police as Dickie R Winn (58), of Cohoes, New York. He has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular manslaughter as well as driving while intoxicated.

Winn is due back in court tomorrow.

Mr Heneghan, originally from Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, had been living and working in the New York area. A family member said: "We are heartbroken by the loss of John John and Caitlyn."

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