The Garda Ombudsman today launched an investigation into the death of a pedestrian struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer.
The collision in Oughterard, Co Galway, early this morning was one of a spate of road crashes overnight which claimed four lives. The victim, a man in his 50s, was killed when he was struck by the car at Glebe at 1.50am.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to University College Hospital Galway for a post mortem examination.
“An off-duty member of the Garda Síochána who was driving his own vehicle was involved in the accident which has resulted in the death of a member of the public,” said a Garda Ombudsman spokesman.
Ombudsman investigators were gathering evidence at the scene as part of their inquiries.
Gardaí said the N59 Clifden to Galway road would remain closed for some time during the day.
A man in his 20s died after he was struck by a van in Cork City.
The collision happened at the South Ring Road between the Kinsale Road roundabout and the Sarsfield Road roundabout at around 3.30am today.
Gardaí at Togher Garda station are investigating and appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
Just half and hour later a 19-year-old woman who was walking at Dooballagh, Letterkenny in Co Donegal died after she was hit by a car.
And at 8am a car carrying three people crashed on the main Craughwell to Athenry road in Co Galway.
A man in his 20s died in the collision while two others were injured.