Woman who died in Ballyshannon collision named

Woman who died in Ballyshannon collision named
The woman who died after being struck by a minibus in Ballyshannon in the early hours of New Years Day was Sheena Stewart.

The woman who died after being struck by a minibus in Ballyshannon in the early hours of New Years Day was Sheena Stewart.

The 33-year-old mother of three lived in Letterkenny and was a native of Dooish, Ballybofey.

Her remains are reposing at Gibson’s Funeral Home in Convoy, where the funeral service will be held on Sunday at 2pm, with burial afterwards in Stranorlar Parish Church Graveyard.

It is understood that Ms Stewart was making her way home from celebrating New Year’s Eve in Bundoran when she stopped in Ballyshannon for a lift.

She was struck by a taxi minibus shortly before 2am, near a bus stop on Main Street.

The driver of the minibus, who was in his 50s, was not injured.

A number of people came to her assistance at the roadside but she was pronounced dead after a short time and her remains were taken to the Sheil Hospital.

A friend who knew her through her voluntary work told the Democrat “Everyone is in shock. Sheena was an amazing woman who did so much to help others. She had great determination, focus and strength of characgter and was very devoted to helping people who were struggling with addiction. She will be sorely missed.”

Ms Stewart’s death is the first Irish road fatality of the New Year.

Yesterday, the Road Safety Authority has warned that the number of road deaths has risen for the second year in a row. A total of 196 people lost their lives in 2014, compared to 190 in 2013, a 3% rise.

However, this represents a 21% increase when compared to the 162 road deaths that occurred in 2012, the safest year on Irish roads.

The RSA’s Review of Road Crashes for 2014 shows that four out of ten fatalities were either a pedestrian, a cyclist or a motorcyclist, with the number of pedestrians kills up from 31 to 42.

There is also a higher rate of pedestrian fatalities among younger and older people. Those aged 60+ account for 40% of all pedestrian deaths. There were eight pedestrian deaths among those aged up to 15.

Provisional figures show that, where known, 16% of drivers were not wearing a seatbelt. A shocking 26% of passengers killed were not wearing a seatbelt.