Good response to appeal over fatal collision

Teenager and mother of three died in crash

Good response to appeal over fatal collision

Gardaí investigating last evening's double-fatal road collision in Ballybofey have had a good reaction from the public, but are appealing for anyone else with information to come forward.

Two women, 19-year-old Kiara Baird and 38-year-old Maria Wallis, died in the crash which occurred around 4.15pm on the R252 to Glenfin.

A man in his forties was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Ms Wallis, a mother of three, was originally from Derry. It is understood she had been living in Donegal for around 13 years.

Ms Baird was originally from Dublin, but had been living in the area for six years.

The deaths bring the total of road fatalities in the county this year to ten.

The Glenfin road reopened at around 9 o'clock last night following a forensic examination of the scene.

Gardaí don't believe weather conditions contributed to the collision.

It is understood the Blue Citroen C3 left the road on a long sweeping right hand bend about 800 metres from Jackson's Hotel and overturned a number of times.

One of the women was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second woman was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

It is believed the two women had been attending a course together on Wednesday.

The deaths occurred on what was European Day Without A Road Death, an initiative organised the Traffic Police network in Europe which had the aim of no one dying on the roads of Europe on that day.

Inspector Michael Harrison of the Donegal Garda divisional traffic corps, said gardaí

are appealing for information about the blue Citroen C3, a small hatchback car, and its movements in and around Ballybofey on Wednesday afternoon, and in particular when it was travelling on the R252 to Glenfin at around 4pm.

He said gardaí had received a lot of information from the public already but are appealing for more.

“As normal in these situations, people are very good at ringing in and giving us information about fatal road traffic collisions without being asked,” he told the Donegal Democrat.

“We already we have a lot of information about the movements of the car, but there may be other people who have information and we would appeal to them to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny garda station on 074 9167100, the Garda confidential line, 1800 666111 or any garda station.