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Irish woman killed in Morocco "hit and run" named locally

Agadir
Agadir

An Irish woman who died while on holiday in Morocco has been named locally.

Yvonne Slaughter died tragically in the resort of Agadir on January 8.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed they are providing assistance to the 51-year-old's family in Co Kildare.

Ms Slaughter, who lived in Sallins, Co Kildare, was originally from Tipperary and was the mother to two teenage children, a boy and girl.

Local reports said the woman was preparing to cross the street in the resort of Agadir when she was struck by a car.

It is understood the driver fled the scene but was caught by citizens who handed him over to police.

It is suspected the motorist may have been drink-driving.

An estimated 3,000 people were killed in road accidents in Morocco in the first 10 months of 2016, according to figures from the Ministry of Equipment and Transport.

A total of seven Irish people died in the African country between 2009 and 2015, according to figures provided by the Department.