Young man killed and three hurt as road death toll hits 78
A young man has lost his life following a single-car crash in Tipperary yesterday morning.
The road accident happened near Nenagh at around 5.30am and left three other men seriously injured.
The man who was killed has been named locally as Stephen Gleeson (21), who was from Nenagh.
Mr Gleeson and three other men - two aged in their early 20s and a 19-year-old - were travelling along the Portroe to Garykennedy Road outside Nenagh when the tragedy happened.
It is understood the car struck a ditch and overturned, with gardai now attempting to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the crash.
Mr Gleeson was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and his body was later taken to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick.
"The other three occupants of the car, two men aged in their 20s and one man in his late teens, were taken to University Hospital Limerick with non-life threatening injuries," a garda spokesman said.
"The scene has been examined by garda forensic examiners and the road has now reopened.
"Gardai are appealing for anyone with information, particularly anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, and who may have dash cam footage, to contact gardai in Nenagh on 067 50450," the spokesman added.
Local Fine Gael councillor Ger Darcy said the community was "in shock" after news of the tragic crash began to spread yesterday morning.
It brings to 78 the number of people who have lost their lives on Irish roads this year.
Last Friday, a woman in her 70s was killed following a road traffic accident near Tralee, Co Kerry.
Emergency services attended the scene of a single vehicle crash at Farranwilliam, Ardfert, at around 11.25am
A female driver in her 70s, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene after her car struck a wall.
Her body has been removed to University Hospital Kerry in Tralee where a post-mortem examination was later carried out.