Man (75) dies after car overturns

Man (75) dies after car overturns



© Pat Flynn 2014
© Pat Flynn 2014

An elderly man died yesterday while his sister was injured when their car hit a ditch and rolled over on a remote country road in Clare.

The 75-year-old has been named locally as John Joe Geoghegan with an address at Abbeyville in Ennis.

Mr Geoghegan’s sister (78), who lives in Limerick, was travelling in the car with him at the time and is recovering in hospital. Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The collision occurred at around 12.10pm on the crest of a hill on a winding and remote country road at Tullagh, near Gortmore, about 9 kilometres from Ennis.

It’s understood that Mr Geoghegan and his sister had been returning to Ennis from a family gathering on Saturday night.

Two units of the fire brigade and two ambulances along with gardaí from Ennis

While a garda investigation into the tragedy is ongoing, it’s thought that Mr Geoghegan may have suffered a heart attack or other medical episode which resulted in him losing control of his car.

Gardaí have confirmed they have not ruled out the possibility and will only know more when a post mortem examination has been concluded.

The car then struck a ditch before rolling over onto it’s roof.

Ambulance paramedics arrived at the incident first and requested assistance from Clare County Fire and Rescue Service.

Two units of the fire brigade from Ennis rushed to the collision however the man in his 70’s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire personnel assisted paramedics to remove the injured woman from the overturned vehicle before she was taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

A doctor also attended the scene to formally pronounce the victim dead before his body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination is due to be carried out.

The road was closed to allow garda forensic experts complete an examination of the scene.

While the collision occurred in a remote area and it’s not believed that there were many around that time, gardaí have asked anyone who may have travelled the back road between Loughville on the N85 Ennis to Lahinch road and Inch to contact them if they have any information.

Gardaí at Ennis are investigating the cause of the collision and can be contacted on 065 6848100.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.