Friday 24 November 2017

Wife died on coastal drive after her husband's 'blackout'

The White Sands Hotel in Portmarnock
The White Sands Hotel in Portmarnock

A COASTAL drive turned to tragedy for an elderly couple involved in a fatal collision after the driver suffered a "blackout".

Norman (80) and Jean (81) Hannagan were married more than 50 years and "barely spent a day apart", Dublin Coroner's Court heard.

The couple, from Glencarrig, Sutton, Dublin 13 were out for a drive on "a beautiful warm day" when Mr Hannagan lost control of the car near the White Sands Hotel, Coast Road, Portmarnock on August 11, 2014.

The accident happened when the Hannagan's Nissan collided with an oncoming VW Polo around 3pm.

Jean Hannagan was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, but died less than an hour later. Norman Hannagan was treated for cracked ribs, but had no recollection of the impact.


"I remember it was a beautiful warm day. There was nothing unusual about the drive. The next thing I remember is being trapped in my car," Mr Hannagan said in his evidence.

Sgt Noel Smith of Malahide Garda Station said road conditions were good and there was no evidence of speeding.

Mr Hannagan had undergone a quadruple bypass in 2006. His cardiologist was of the opinion he suffered a cardiac arrhythymia (blackout), Sgt Smith told coroner Dr Brian Farrell.

Jean Hannagan died of multiple rib fractures and a laceration to the liver, sustained in a road accident, according to Professor Patrick Roe, consultant general surgeon at Beaumont Hospital. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

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