Motorcycle star killed as five die in weekend road accidents

A LEADING motorcycle racer was one of five people killed on the country’s roads over the weekend.

Darran Lindsay from Co Antrim died in a collision during practice for the Killalane Road Race near Skerries in Dublin around teatime on Saturday. The 35-year-old father-of-three was enjoying one of his best season’s racing, having won races in Portrush in May and at the Ulster Grand Prix.

The first weekend fatality happened shortly after midnight on Friday, when a car hit a fence and entered a field near Enniscrone, Co Sligo. The 38-year-old driver, Eamonn Fitzgerald from Culleens, Co Sligo, was killed.

At lunchtime on Saturday, the driver of a mini-bus was killed when it crashed with a car on the N4 at Lough Ennel, Co Westmeath.

He was named as Dessie Connolly from Celbridge, Co Kildare, aged in his 60s.

A 19-year-old woman from Limerick city was killed when three cars collided shortly after midnight on Saturday. The accident happened at Ballysimon Road, Limerick and resulted in the death of Emma Woodland from St Patrick’s Road.

The latest fatal accident happened at 3am yesterday in Co Donegal, claiming the life of a man in his 20s. Five other people were hospitalised after the two-car crash at Rooskey, Newtowncunningham.

The weekend deaths bring the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year to 264, although the 17 deaths in August was the lowest number in any month for over six years.

The road on which Mr Lindsay lost his life was closed to the public at the time, according to gardaí.

Chris McDonald, secretary of the Ulster Grand Prix supporters club, said Mr Lindsay would be sadly missed. “He was an awfully nice fella and a keen family man,” he said.

Meanwhile, Drogheda Borough Council will today become the first Irish local authority to sign up to the European Road Safety Charter. The council has committed itself to a number of measures to improve road safety in the next three years.

“Targeted road safety programmes are the best way to use public resources and reduce road deaths and injuries. Drogheda is an example that others must urgently follow,” said Martin Territt, director of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

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