Toddler and two men lose their lives in collisions

A 21-month-old toddler died after she was hit by a car in south Dublin on Saturday.

The accident happened in a cul de sac at Ardmore Walk estate in Tallaght at about 5.30pm.

The girl was taken to Tallaght Hospital but she was pronounced dead there.

The driver of the car was uninjured but was said to be extremely traumatised by the incident.

Gardaí carried out interviews with family members and neighbours.

Investigating officers appealed for witnesses to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 6666 000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Meanwhile, two friends lost their lives in a crash in Sligo on Saturday.

Declan McCormack, 22, from Riverstown in Sligo and his 20-year-old front-seat passenger Eoin Kelly, an apprentice mechanic from Dromahair in Co Leitrim, were pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash just off the R284 Ballyfarnan to Sligo road at Sooey at approximately 11.40pm.

The 21-year-old backseat passenger suffered serious injuries but gardaí said they were not thought to be life-threatening. He was taken for treatment to Sligo General hospital. The two dead men were taken to the hospital’s morgue.

Riverstown Parish Priest Anthony Bernard O’Shea who was called to the accident site said: “It’s a sad scene to see two young men who lost their lives in such a way, and to think the gardaí had to go with that information to their families and to try to help them accept something as tragic and as awful as what happened.”

Any witnesses to the crash were asked to contact Ballymote garda station on 071 918 9500 or the garda confidential line.

The weekend’s deaths bring to 37 the number of people killed on the country’s roads since the start of 2013.


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