Driver arrested after elderly woman leaving mass in Dublin killed by car

Maureen Creaner
Maureen Creaner

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following the road death of a 92-year-old female pedestrian on Dublin's northside.

The crash happened along the Navan Road at around 8.15am yesterday near the Maxol petrol station, close to the Nephin Road and Baggot Road junctions.

The woman has been named locally as Maureen Creaner and it is understood that she was struck by the vehicle as she left an early mass at Our Lady Help of Christians.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but Ms Creaner, who was well known in the Cabra area, later passed away in the Mater Hospital.

The 39-year-old driver of the car was arrested at the scene and was taken to Finglas garda station were he was questioned before being released.

A garda spokesman said a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The scene of the accident was sealed off for a technical and forensic examination and the road was reopened later in the afternoon.

There is a 50kph speed limit along the road.

It is understood that Ms Creaner has three children, and that her husband Francis passed away four years ago.

Brendan Carr, Lord Mayor of Dublin, said he lives a few yards from the scene of the accident, and expressed his condolences to the family of the victim.

"This is not a part of the road where speeding takes place," he told the Herald.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein Councillor Seamas McGrattan said the local community was shocked by the death.

"It's the first time I've heard about an accident happening along that road," he said.

"The speed is slow in the area. I think it's only 50kph and there are traffic lights along it," he said.

This weekend's crash adds to an increase in road fatalities in 2016.

In a review of fatal accidents in the first seven months of this year, the Road Safety Authority found that there had been 16 pedestrian fatalities.

Pedestrians aged 66 and older were deemed to be the most at risk in this group, with five fatalities recorded so far this year.

They were followed by those aged 36 to 45, and those between the ages of 56 and 65.

Five pedestrians were killed on roads with a 50kph speed limit and two on roads with a 60kph speed limit.

Meanwhile, four deaths were on roads with speed limits of 80kph, and five in places with 100kph limits.

Anyone with information about yesterday morning's crash has been asked to contact Cabra Garda Station on 01 6667400 or the garda confidential line.