FERMOY GARDAI SEEK WITNESSES AFTER TRAGIC WEEKEND ON ROADS
Gardai in Fermoy have called for assistance from anyone who may have information following last weekend’s separate road accidents in which one man was killed and left a woman fighting for her life in Cork University Hospital (CUH).
Fifty-year-old father-of-four James O’Sullivan was buried in Kilcrumper Cemetery on Wednesday, having died when he was struck by a car on Sunday at about 11.25pm.
Mr O’Sullivan, an employee of Grange Stud, was walking back from Fermoy and was said to be less than 100 metres from his home near Grange cross when the accident occurred. A local doctor pronounced him dead at the scene and his body was taken to CUH for a postmortem.
Meanwhile Fermoy gardai are appealing for anyone who may have travelled the R666 Fermoy-Ballyduff road at approximately 10am last Sunday to contact them with any information which may be helpful with their investigation into an accident that occurred on the route around that time.
A female rider and her horse were struck by a truck, leaving the woman, named locally as Annette O’Leary, in a serious condition in hospital. The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries.
Speaking to The Avondhu, Sam Barry, PRO with Grange GAA Club said the community was in ‘a complete state of shock’ at Mr O’Sullivan’s death and said that he was a keen GAA fan, having represented Grange at junior, intermediate and U21 levels since the early 1970s.
Affectionately known as ‘The Jockey’, Mr O’Sullivan also had a strong interest in racing, and ran one of his own horses Grangemore Lady in point to point races. Mr Barry added that the club wished to express its condolences to the O’Sullivan family for their loss.
Condolences were also expressed to the O’Sullivan family at Tuesday night’s sitting of Fermoy Town Council, where Mrs O’Leary, who is married to town council official John O’Leary, was wished a speedy recovery.
Gardai are compiling information for their file for the inquest into the fatal accident, and have appealed to anyone who had seen Mr O’Sullivan walking home on Sunday night to contact Fermoy Garda Station.
It is believed that Mr O’Sullivan left a Fermoy pub at approximately 11pm, and he was described as having grey hair, wearing a navy shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Fermoy garda station on 025-82100.
The Avondhu wishes to express its deepest sympathies to Mr O’Sullivan’s wife Martha, daughters Mary, Jennifer, Sinead and Siobhan and his extended family and friends at this difficult time.
Thursday 23rd July 6:59pm