Man arrested in connection with fatal crash

Gardaí have arrested a man in connection with the crash which claimed the life of a man in his 20s early yesterday.
Man arrested in connection with fatal crash

Stephen Lowther lived in Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary and in Togher, Cork. He died when the car he was driving collided with an agricultural vehicle near Fiddown in Co Kilkenny. The crash happened at about 1am on the Piltown bypass of the N24, between Carrick and Mooncoin.

Mr Lowther was seriously injured and pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other occupants of his car.

A 53-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon and was last night being held at Thomastown Garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Mr Lowther is survived by his parents, James and Ita; his sister, Jennifer; and his partner Natalie and his children Logan and Cailum.

Gardaí said the agricultural vehicle involved “failed to remain at the scene” while the victim’s body was removed to University Hospital Waterford for an autopsy.

Gardaí immediately appealed for information on the accident and said there were some people who might have seen the crash. “We think he hit the back of an agricultural vehicle which we may now have identified,” a senior garda said.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the garda station in Thomastown on 0567754150.

Drink-driving arrests in Donegal double despite crashes

Arrests for drink driving across Co Donegal doubled just days after the head of the local Garda Traffic Corps appealed for people not to drink and drive.

Garda inspector Michael Harrison appealed to people to slow down, belt up, and not to drink and drive ahead of last weekend’s busy bank holiday.

His appeal came days after five young people perished in two crashes in the county last week.

Insp Harrison said the doubling of drink-driving detections compared to last year was a “worrying trend”.

“People seem to be slipping back to their old ways in regard to drinking and not using seat belts. Our detections for drink driving were substantially up for the August bank holiday weekend. That is a worrying trend. They are up more than double on what they were last year.”

He said detections were made in all parts of the county.

“It was right across the county. That is scary. It seemed to be happening everywhere that people were taking the chance of drinking and driving,” he said.

However, he said it also showed the gardaí are actively pursuing those people who place themselves and other road users in such grave danger.

And he warned that the vast majority of those caught are being put off the roads.

“Even though our [garda] numbers have been reduced, we are still out there. We are still doing checkpoints. We are still detecting people for drink driving.

“We are still taking them to court and a large proportion of people who go to court are losing their licences. That is the reality of it,” he said.

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