Infant boy dies in road traffic crash in Co Roscommon

SUV struck child in Ballinagare shortly after 9am on Friday

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An infant boy has died in a road traffic crash involving a driver in an SUV in Co Roscommon. The child, understood to be under the age of two years, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy was struck by the vehicle at about 9am in Ballinagare, a village located on the N5 between Frenchpark and Tulsk.

Gardaí said the emergency services attended the scene just after 9am when the driver in the SUV “collided with a male infant”.

“The infant received treatment at the scene but was later pronounced deceased. His body was then taken to the mortuary at University Hospital Galway, where a postmortem will take place,” the Garda added.


The exact circumstances of how the driver in the vehicle struck the boy were under investigation. A technical examination of the scene by Garda forensic collision investigators has been completed and a family liaison officer has been appointed to support the deceased boy’s family.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward and have also asked that any road users with video footage recorded in the area around the time of the fatal crash, including dash cam, contact investigating gardaí and make the footage available. The investigation is being carried out by gardaí in Boyle station, who are contactable at (071) 966 4620.

Conor Lally

Conor Lally

Conor Lally is Security and Crime Editor of The Irish Times