Two killed in early morning road crashes

 

Two people have been killed in separate crashes on Irish roads this morning.

A man (40)  died after he was struck by a car while walking early this morning in Co Galway.

Gardaí are investigating the incident which occurred at Main Street, Carraroe, Galway at 1.50 am.

The body of the pedestrian has been removed to University College Hospital Galway.
A man in his early 30's was arrested at the scene.

Elsewhere, a man in his 40s was fatally injured when he was struck by a van while crossing the Moneymore Road in Cookstown, Co Tyrone shortly after 4am. He has been named as 41 year old Edward Lyttle from the town.

A spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) stressed that the incident was not a hit and run.

The latest fatalities bring the total number of deaths on Irish roads during the August bank holiday weekend to three.

A 17-year-old youth died when the car in which he was travelling in left the road in Co Fermanagh at around 1am on Saturday morning.

Another teenager who was also travelling in the Peugeot remains in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The accident occurred on the Clones Road in Newtownbutler.

Hundreds of gardaí are mounting checkpoints around the country in a bid to reduce the number of collisions occuring on Irish roads during the August bank holiday weekend.

Since 2000, 45 people have been killed on the roads over the August bank holiday.

Last year, three people died during the weekend.

In addition, more than 2,500 people were caught speeding over the weekend while 384 drivers were found to be over the legal limit.