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Two killed in separate crashes as road death toll for year soars to 39

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A garda at the scene of the crash in Cratloe, Co Clare, in which an 18-year-old man died

A garda at the scene of the crash in Cratloe, Co Clare, in which an 18-year-old man died

A garda at the scene of the crash in Cratloe, Co Clare, in which an 18-year-old man died

Two people have died in separate accidents on Irish roads, maintaining a trend that has seen fatalities soar to a 30pc increase on 2019 levels.

A total of 39 people have been killed so far this year, nine more than in the same period last year.

The latest deaths were in Cork and Clare.

Gardai are investigating whether the discovery of a badly damaged vehicle is linked to a fatal hit-and-run in Cork.

Walking

A male pedestrian in his mid-30s was discovered with fatal injuries on the N25 Cork- Waterford road near Cobh Cross in east Cork.

He was found shortly before 2am yesterday.

It is believed he was walking home when the accident occurred.

Despite efforts to stabilise the man's condition, he was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital.

The vehicle involved failed to remain at the scene. It is believed it was travelling westbound on the N25 at the time.

A short while later, gardai became aware of a vehicle left on a nearby road which had some damage to its front wing.

The Toyota saloon was discovered 2km from the scene of the accident. It is understood it was fitted on its rear with a spare tyre.

In Clare, a teenager died in a single-vehicle crash.

The accident happened in the Cratloekeel area of Cratloe at 2.55am yesterday, and the 18-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Accident scene investigators have been examining the vehicle.