Two men in serious condition after car crash claims friend
Two young men remain in a serious condition in hospital following an early morning road collision in which their friend died.
The group was travelling in a car on Sunday along the Shanaway Road near Ennis, Co Clare, when the vehicle left the road at around 4.20am and collided with a stone wall.
The front-seat passenger of the car, Oisin Cahill (18), was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emergency services treated his two friends, Darragh Killeen and Enda Hickey, before they were rushed to University Hospital Limerick.
The two young men remained in a serious condition in hospital last night as the local community was coming to terms with the tragedy.
Mr Killeen (19) was the driver of the vehicle while Mr Hickey (22) was travelling in the rear-passenger seat of the car.
It is understood they were returning from an under-21 championship hurling final involving their local club Kilmaley GAA when the collision occurred.
Mr Hickey is from the nearby townland of Kilmaley while his two friends are from the Clonfeigh area, around 5km west of Ennis.
Garda forensic collision investigators carried out an examination of the scene throughout Sunday as part of the inquiry into the fatal incident.
Gardai arrived at the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised.
It is believed that they were quickly alerted to the collision by locals, who had heard the noise of the impact.
A doctor from ShannonDoc, the out-of-hours GP service, also responded to the incident and was followed soon afterwards by two units of the fire brigade, three ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit.
Fire crews had to cut one of the victims from the wreckage of the car, which was described by one emergency services worker as "mangled and almost unrecognisable".
Fire service first responders assisted paramedics with CPR, which they carried out on the injured.
The fire service placed protective screens around the car in an effort to shield it from public view.