Man killed in Galway crash was missing from nursing home
The man killed in a collision in Galway overnight had been reported missing from a nursing home and was being returned by gardai when the accident happened.
Details are only emerging of the incident, but according to Independent.ie it is understood that the man (66) had earlier been reported missing from a nursing home, and gardai were out searching for him.
It is understood that the two gardai had located the man walking along the road not far from the nursing home, and that the garda patrol car had been stopped and that the officer had got out to him.
It is reported that while the gardai were engaged in conversation with the man a car travelling on the same road crashed into the stationary garda car.
The elderly man was killed and the two gardai - who were outside the patrol car - were injured in the collision.
The male pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to University Hospital Galway.
The two Gardai were taken to University Hospital Galway with injuries described as non life threatening. They remain in the hospital.
The male in his 40s, who was the driver of the first car, was arrested at the scene and taken to Gort Garda Station and has since been released.
This stretch of the N18 is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.
Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Gort Garda Station on 091-636400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.