Horror crash Man who died in crash as van burst into flames named locally as Con Nugent
A MAN who died in a single vehicle road crash in Co Meath on Saturday evening has been named locally as Con Nugent (49), from Lusk in north county Dublin.
Mr Nugent was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at a roundabout at Nine Mile Stone on the R135 at Baltrasna, Ashbourne, Co Meath at around 7.25pm.
It appears the van he was driving hit the roundabout and then burst into flames.
Fire and emergency services had to bring the blaze under control before Mr Nugent's body could be removed.
The victim was the sole occupant of the van.
His body was removed to the mortuary at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan where a post-mortem was due to be carried out.
Part of the investigation will be to determine if the victim died due to injuries from the crash and fire, or if they may have suddenly become unwell while driving immediately before the crash.
A technical examination of the scene was carried at the scene and the road was reopened later on Saturday night.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly those with dash-cam footage, to contact them at Ashbourne garda station on (01) 8010600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
Meanwhile, yesterday marked World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a day when commemorations take place globally to remember the victims of road traffic crashes and their families.
This year marks 25 years since the first day of remembrance was observed in 1995.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) marked the day by hosting a special ceremony on its Facebook page instead of hosting a mass.
An Garda Síochána said 24,526 people have died in fatal crashes in Ireland since the recording of fatalities began in 1959.
This is equivalent to losing the population of the town of Carlow.
Over 80,000 people have been seriously injured on Irish roads since the recording of serious injuries began in 1977.
RSA chairperson Liz O'Donnell said the sheer size of the death toll and serious injuries suffered is staggering.
"The devastation that these incidents wreak on victims, their families, friends and communities is incalculable," she said.
"The tragedy is worsened as it is mainly the young and healthy, those in the prime of life and supporting their families, who are killed."