Clare crash driver released without charge after woman (30s) killed

Clare Crash Driver Released Without Charge After Woman (30S) Killed Clare Crash Driver Released Without Charge After Woman (30S) Killed
The man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following the fatal single-vehicle collision. Photo: PA Images
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Patrick Flynn

A man in his 30s, arrested at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision in Co Clare on Saturday night, has been released without charge.

The man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following the fatal single-vehicle collision on the main N67 road about halfway between Lahinch and Ennistymon in north Clare.

A woman, aged in her 30s, died following the collision. She was a passenger in the car which is believed to have struck a tree before overturning and coming to a stop on its roof in the middle of the road.

Emergency services responded to the crash after the alarm was raised at around 6.40pm on Saturday.

Fire crews from Ennistymon station were dealing with another collision at the time but promptly dispatched available personnel from that scene to the second incident. In the meantime, additional fire service resources from Ennis station were sent to the incident also.


Ennistymon fire service first responders administered emergency first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until an ambulance arrived. They were assisted by an off-duty paramedic and gardaí. Despite their best efforts, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.


It is understood the victim is a 37-year-old woman originally from Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare.

The victim’s body was later removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination will be carried out. The coroner for Clare has also been notified of the incident.

The male driver of the car, who is also in his 30s, escaped serious injury but was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving and taken to Ennis Garda station. He has since been released without charge, pending the conclusion of the Garda investigation and completion of a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The main N67 road remained closed overnight but was due to reopen early on Sunday afternoon once a forensic collision investigation was completed.

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone who was in the area around the time of the crash to contact them if they saw anything.

Any road users who may have camera footage, including dash-cam, and who were travelling in the area at the time or before the collision are asked to make this footage available to investigating gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Ennistymon Garda station on 065 707 2180, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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