Crash victim was a ‘lovely gentleman’

Crash victim was a ‘lovely gentleman’
Members of the Emergency services at the scene of a fatal accident on the N25 just outside Midleton, Co Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

AN elderly man killed in a crash in east Cork yesterday has been remembered as a dedicated GAA fan and a “lovely gentleman”.

The man, named locally as Michael O’Riordan, aged 84, was killed yesterday in a multi-vehicle collision on the N25 between Midleton and Castlemartyr at Two Mile Inn.

Two others were injured in the crash involving two cars and a truck.

Michael O’Riordan, from Mogeely, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fine Gael Councillor Michael Hegarty described Mr O’Riordan as a “lovely gentleman”.

Mr Hegarty said Michael was a very dedicated follower of his native GAA team Dungourney.

“I couldn’t say enough positive things about him, a lovely fella. A lovely guy, he travelled that road on a regular basis. It is so tragic.” Gardai said the incident occurred when Mr O’Riordan was pulling out onto the N25 at Two Mile Inn and collided with a truck.

A man and woman, who were in a second car, were taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck was uninjured.

Mr Hegarty said his sympathies go out to the family of Mr O’Riordan and the other injured parties involved in the accident.

“It is very tragic and my sympathies go out to the family. It is a very traumatic time for all involved.

Mr Hegarty said that stretch of road and that junction has been the location of a number of crashes over the years and something needs to be done.

“That junction has had a number of fatalities over the years. It is time that it is looked at. Whether it is turned into a signal junction or whatever, because the amount of traffic that has to cross the main N25 there on a daily basis is frightening.

"The Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have to look at addressing the situation because it is no longer acceptable to have such a high level of traffic trying to cross that road from either direction.

“It is a very unsafe junction. It cannot be allowed to continue.” Gardaí are now investigating the fatal road traffic collision and appealing for witnesses to contact Midleton Garda Station on 021-4621550, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

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