Three pedes­tri­ans killed in 24hrs

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY ARTHUR VELKER

TWO men were knocked down and killed in sep­a­rate road tragedies, bring­ing to three the num­ber of pedes­tri­ans killed in 24 hours.

One of the crashes hap­pened on Thurs­day when a for­mer school­teacher in his 70s from Strokestown in Co Roscom­mon was hit by a car in his lo­cal area.

Paul O’gara was also a for­mer pres­i­dent at Strokestown Golf Club which paid trib­ute to him in a heart­felt Face­book post.

The club’s state­ment said: “Paul served as pres­i­dent from 1997 to 1999 and was a longserv­ing and val­ued mem­ber of the club.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his fam­ily at this time.”

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Joe Mur­phy also paid trib­ute to the road vic­tim.

He said: “He re­ally got on well with stu­dents and was a very good maths teacher and you would al­ways want to have him for that.

“He was a very ami­able per­son. You met him on the street.

“He would smile and chat to you and he was al­ways that way.

“He was a happy man, and it’s very tragic and sad to see him taken in such un­cer­tain cir­cum­as­tances. It’s quite a shock to the area.”

The crash hap­pened at around 8pm and Mr O’gara was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The woman driv­ing the car was not in­jured.

A Garda spokesman said: “We are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses fol­low­ing the fa­tal road traf­fic col­li­sion on the N5 in­volv­ing a car and a pedes­trian.

“The N5 is closed at Bridge Street and di­ver­sions are in place.” Wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Castlerea Garda Sta­tion on 094 9621630.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent hap­pened on the R162 in Na­van, Co Meath, when a car fa­tally struck a man in his late 40s just be­fore 10.30pm.

He died in­stantly and his body was taken to Our Lady’s Hospi­tal where a post­mortem is due to be car­ried out. Gardai are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses in both in­ci­dents to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

Both in­ci­dents come just a day af­ter an el­derly woman was fa­tally struck by a mov­ing ve­hi­cle in the Dublin area.

And only this week the Road Safety Au­thor­ity launched an aware­ness cam­paign warn­ing older peo­ple face a great risk of be­ing hit by cars.

Paul was a very happy, ami­able per­son. It’s very tragic and a shock JOE MUR­PHY COUN­CIL­LOR YES­TER­DAY

AC­CI­DENTN5 in Strokestown, Co Roscom­mon

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