Irishman killed in accident on holiday island

An Irish pensioner has been knocked down and killed at a Zebra crossing in a Spanish holiday resort.

David O’Sullivan, 70, suffered critical head injuries when he was struck by a car on the island of Fuerteventura on Sunday night.

From Garvey’s Bridge near Rathcoole, Co Cork, the widower was a prominent member of Delany’s GAA Club.

He was knocked off his feet and on to the windscreen of a dark blue BMW.

Two ambulances and a doctor went to the scene but the victim died while being taken to hospital.

The accident happened in the beach resort of Corralejo, in the north of the island, at 10.15pm.

Mr O’Sullivan, who had run his own engineering business and owned an apartment on the island, was crossing the road near the Atlantic Garden hotel.

Last night, a spokesman for Delanys GAA said the death of Mr O’Sullivan, who was a club trustee, had come as a great shock. “All club activity has been suspended for the time being,” said the spokesman.

Locals in Corralejo said they have long complained that the Zebra crossings in the area are badly lit.

A source at the local town hall, in La Oliva, said: “The driver of the vehicle stopped voluntarily after the accident. He was breathalysed but passed the test.”

The regional government of the Canary Islands said in a statement: “A 70-year-old man of Irish nationality has died after suffering from critical cranial injuries.

“Two ambulances and a doctor were sent to the scene where they assisted the 70-year-old man.

“Once he was stabilised, they began to take him to the island’s hospital, but he died before arriving.”

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