The Garda Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in a road traffic collision in Donegal last night.
The 59-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car at Umricam, Buncrana at approximately 9.15pm last night.
GSOC says it has received a referral from the Garda Síochána following the collision.
“It is understood that the woman had contact with gardaí sometime in the hours before her death,” GSOC said in a statement.
“GSOC has deployed a team of investigators to the scene and an examination of the matter is underway.”
Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 provides for independent investigation of any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Siochana may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person.
Buncrana superintendent Eugene McGovern said gardaí received a report in relation to a woman walking on a local road at 8.42pm.
Gardaí brought her from that location to a local service station and then to a house in the locality.
Gardaí received a report at 9.15pm that a pedestrian had been struck by a car on the same road that the woman had been located on by gardaí earlier.
He said the female driver of a silver Toyota hatchback which was driving from Carndonagh towards Buncrana has been interviewed by gardaí.
“Because of the prior engagement with the victim, the incident has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman,” he said.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen the woman walking from Buncrana town to where she was struck between 8.30pm and 9.15pm,” he added.