Community mourns four crash victims

THE BODIES of the four Polish nationals killed in a road accident near Cork at the weekend are expected to be flown to Poland for burial on Thursday.

Yesterday, Fr Piotr Galus, the chaplain to the Polish community in Cork, said he understood the bodies of the four would first be taken to Dublin and then repatriated for burial later this week.

Sylwester Szezyrow, 25, Andrzej Wojciechowski, 27, Rafal Corski, 28, and 23-year-old Radoslaw Nowak were killed when their car collided head-on with a truck at Goggin’s

Hill near Ballinhassig and Halfway, Co Cork, at 10.20pm on Friday.

Mr Szezyrow was driving the Polish-registered Opel Astra while Mr Wojciechowski was the front-seat passenger. Mr Corski and Mr Nowak were rear-seat passengers.

It is understood that Mr Nowak lived with his brother in Ballincollig, while his three friends all lived together at a house at Parknamore in the town.

All four men were from the Mazuria area in north-eastern Poland and it’s believed they were travelling to cliffs near Kinsale when the accident happened.

In advance of a memorial Mass for the four men at St Augustine’s Church in Cork city last night, Fr Galus said speed and drink driving were factors in the high number of deaths among the Ireland’s foreign population.

“The people from Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, most of the people are young, and young people don’t have too much experience,” he said.

“I think this is a different (road) system here and maybe this can have an influence but the main problem is that they are young and like to go too fast and like to drink beforehand.”

He said driving instruction booklets in accession country languages should be handed out on point of entry and that more needed to be done in minority communities to reduce the number of road deaths.

“I will do this in Church,” he said. “I will take the opportunity to talk about this and the responsibilities that people have when they drive.”

The four men had been living in Ireland for varying periods of time. Three of them were working on a construction site in Cork city, while Mr Nowak was working at a petrol station in Ballincollig.

It is understood that an inquest into the deaths will be opened today so that death certificates can be issued before the bodies are repatriated for burial.

Meanwhile, a Polish national died yesterday from injuries sustained in a work accident on Good Friday.

The man, whose name has not been released, fell from a teleporter as he was power-hosing a building in Roscommon. The Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating.

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