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Sunday 27 May 2018

Woman (22) fighting for life after 'dangerous roundabout' accident

A 22-year-old woman was injured after a crash while she tried to cross a road on the R132
A 22-year-old woman was injured after a crash while she tried to cross a road on the R132

A 22-year-old woman was last night fighting for her life after being hit by a car at a "dangerous" north Dublin roundabout.

The young woman sustained serious head injuries in the incident, which happened at about 9am yesterday in Swords.

Gardai say she was attempting to cross a two-lane road on the R132 near the Pavilions Shopping Centre when she was hit.

Emergency crews, including Dublin Fire Brigade, immediately rushed to the scene.

The woman was taken to Beaumont Hospital with serious head injuries. The driver of the car was not injured.

Dangerous

Road closures were then put in place pending a full forensic examination.

Local councillor Anne Devitt described the busy five-exit roundabout as "very dangerous".

"Obviously, I don't want to speculate how this incident occurred, but I know that cars travel at fast speeds at this roundabout," she said.

"If you're coming from the Malahide direction at this junction then you're at risk.

"It's a very upsetting thing to have happened and I hope this young woman makes a full recovery."

Cllr Devitt added that there is an overhead bridge adjacent to the roundabout, but it is rarely used by pedestrians.

Swords representative Joe Newman offered his thoughts and prayers to the woman and her family.

"My heart goes out to them and I hope this woman's injuries aren't too serious," he said.

"She was hit in an area that a lot of people travel on every day without incident but, regardless, it's very tragic."

Following the incident, gardai warned of significant traffic delays. "Due to a serious collision at the Pavilion Roundabout, Swords expect major disruption in the area," a garda spokesperson tweeted.

Dublin Fire Brigade also informed the public of temporary road closures to facilitate emergency services.

Gardai are now appealing for witnesses to the serious road traffic collision.

In particular, they are seeking film footage and are asking drivers and cyclists with dash cams or GoPros to contact them. Councillor Philip Lynam told the Herald he believes there may be many witnesses in relation to the accident.

"It happened at a time when many people would be driving to work or using public transport," he said.

"I urge anyone who saw anything to go to the guards. Local businesses with CCTV footage may also be of assistance.

"Please God, this girl makes a full recovery. I'm sure the entire community is in a state of shock."

Witnesses are asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 666 4700 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666111.

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