Tragedy as mum-of-two mown down by ‘drunk driver’

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Claire Hewitt
Claire Hewitt

47-year-old Claire Hewitt died early yesterday morning after she was struck by a car.

She was killed just metres from her front door in Hartstown, near Clonsilla in west Dublin, by a man who was later arrested on suspicion of drink driving. 

Reports indicate that she had been in the Hartstown House pub, just a short distance from her home.

Claire and a friend were walking in the early hours when they were struck by a Honda Civic car.

Her friend is in a serious condition in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Tyre tracks on the grass verge opposite the Church of St Ciaran show the car mounted the kerb and dislodged a tree stump before coming to a halt beside a bus shelter.

Equipment used by the emergency services as they battled to save Claire and treat her friend could be seen 30 yards from where the car had hit a kerb.

Shocked friends and neighbours comforted Claire's husband, David, at their home just around the corner from the scene.

Reports indicate that the 24-year-old driver of the car, with an address in Hartstown, will appear in Blanchardstown District court later this month charged in connection with the incident.

There were 32 pedestrians killed on Irish roads in 2015 while December was one of the worst months on record for crashes with 21 people losing their lives around the country.

Eight people died between December 25 and 31.

Despite this, the overall number of people killed on the roads in 2015 was 165, which was 28 less than in 2014.