Co Cork farmer, 47, becomes 100th person to die on the roads this year

A 47-year-old farmer became the 100th person to die on Irish roads this year when he lost control of his car and hit a ditch a short distance from his home.

John O’Connor, a widower, had been returning to his home in North Cork when the accident occurred shortly after 9pm last Monday.

The farmer, who lived at Curragh, Dromina, was driving his grey Skoda Octavia when the vehicle veered off the road and hit a ditch and tree.

The emergency services were quickly on the scene and paramedics tried frantically to save him but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was removed to Cork University Hospital where an autopsy was carried out yesterday.

A 39-year-old unnamed man who was a passenger in the car escaped injury.

Supt Pat McCarthy, who is leading the Garda investigation, appealed for any witnesses to the accident to come forward.

The accident happened on a back road between Dromina and Charleville.

It is believed Mr O’Connor was returning to his home from Charleville at the time of the accident.

“The crash happened on the minor road between Milltown Cross and Boolard Cross. We are anxious to speak to anybody who may have seen the grey Skoda Octavia travelling from Charleville towards this area last Monday night,” said Supt McCarthy.

The road was closed for several hours and diversions put in place while Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examined the scene.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Mallow Garda Station at 022 31450 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666111.

Mr O’Connor’s death was the second fatality to occur on Co Cork roads within three days.

Gardaí in Gurranabraher are still continuing their investigation into the death of a four-year-old girl on the outskirts of Cork City last Saturday evening.

The girl had been travelling with members of her family in a van which careered into a signpost at the Grenagh junction on the main Cork-Mallow road.

She was named locally as Kathleen Delaney from Doneraile, Co Cork.


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