New garda appeal over 91-year-old's crash death
GARDAI have made a renewed appeal for information on a road traffic accident that claimed the life of a 91-year-old woman.
The crash occurred during a weekend of carnage on the roads last month, which saw seven people killed.
The victim, named locally as Beatrice Ryan, suffered serious head injuries when she was in collision with a beige-coloured Saab car outside the Asian market on the Old Dublin Road, Stillorgan, south Dublin, shortly after 4pm on Saturday, March 25.
Ms Ryan died of her injuries three days later at St Vincent’s Hospital.
She was subsequently buried at Deans Grange Cemetery following a funeral mass at the Church of the Assumption, Booterstown. Gardai at Blackrock stressed they are not treating the accident as a hit-and-run.
The driver of the vehicle involved remained at the scene.
However, they launched a fresh appeal for witnesses yesterday in a bid to determine what happened.
They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who was in the vicinity of the accident between 4pm and 4.30pm on March 25.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01 666 5200, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.
Local councillor Deidre Donnelly, who lives in the Mount Merrion area, where Ms Ryan lived alone, said it was shocking that an elderly woman would be struck down while going about her business on a Saturday afternoon.
“It’s tragic what happened,” she told the Herald.
“I know the area well... it could have been someone coming from the shops.”
It is understood that Ms Ryan had lived her whole life in Dublin. She was described in her funeral notice as “late of Guinness Brewery and Dominican College, Eccles Street and Griffith Ave”.
Ms Ryan was the eldest sister of Fr Eugene Ryan, a Columban priest, and Florence Downes, as well as the aunt of Eugene and David Downes and sister-in-law of Neil Downes.