A 24 year-old woman died tragically in a single car accident about half a mile from Ballingarry village in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The accident victim’s name had not been released at the time of going to press yesterday (Tuesday) but gardai confirmed she was from the Ballingarry area.
The young woman was fatally injured when her red Toyota Starlet left the road between Ballingarry and The Commons at the townland of Garranacool, Ballingarry and overturned in a field.
Sgt. Michael Dempsey of Thurles Garda Station said they believed the accident happened sometime between midnight and 7am this morning. The crashed car was discovered around 7am by a passing motorist.
“We are hoping that maybe some witnesses will contact us with some information. You couldn’t see the car from the road. It was slightly below the level of the road. Even the witness who discovered it had passed it and thought he spotted something and went back to check.”
The dead woman was in the driver’s seat and was the only occupant of the car when it was discovered. Gardai were carrying out enquiries yesterday to confirm if she was the sole occupant of the vehicle when it crashed.
The area around the crash was cordoned off by investigating gardai on Tuesday morning and the road was closed between Ballingarry and Grawn Cross while a forensic collision investigator, PSV inspector and scenes of crime investigator examined the scene of the accident. It was re-opened after the investigations were completed.
Sgt. Dempsey extended sympathy to the grieving family of the young woman. “It’s an absolute tragedy to see such a young life lost,” he said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or travelled on the road from Ballingarry to The Commons on Monday night/Tuesday morning and saw a red Toyota Starless is urged to contact Thurles Garda Station at (0504) 25100, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.