The two women who died tragically when they were hit by a car whilst trying to cross the road on the N2 at Hunterstown on Monday evening have been named.
Josie Duff (79) and Kathy McDonald (70) had disembarked a bus coming from Dublin and heading towards Ardee opposite The Hunterstown Inn on the N2 when they were struck by a single vehicle at around 6.25pm on Monday.
Emergency services attended but both women were pronounced dead at the scene. Their bodies were removed by hearse to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for post-postmortems.
The driver of the vehicle was uninjured but was treated at the scene for shock. The N2 at Hunterstown was closed on Monday night and remains closed today for Garda technical examinations.
The woman were well known locally and were first cousins. They would regularly accompany each other on trips to appointments.
Josie, from Ballygowan Ardee, worked with the Irish Wheelchair Association and also helped with the Ardee Hospice while Kathy, from the Drogheda Road, were returning from Dublin after Kathy had a doctor’s appointment.
Locals have expressed their sadness at the news. One woman told ThisIsArdee.ie, “I am totally shocked. I only spoke to Josie at mass shortly before Christmas. She was asking about the family. She was very pleasant and always very chatty.”
Cathaoirleach of the Ardee Municipal District Dolores Minogue offered her sympathies on behalf of the local committee.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims and to all involved in this tragedy,” she said.
“The entire community is shocked, numb and will continue to be for weeks to come. I want to commend all of the members of the emergency services and first responders who attended the scene.
“Josie was a great community person and was very well known for her efforts with the Irish Wheelchair Association. There is even a room named after her at the IWA in Ardee, which goes to show how highly she was thought of.”
Kathy’s death comes just over a year since her husband Seamus passed away. “Tragedy has hit that family twice in a very short space of time,” Minogue added.
The tragic accident takes to seven the number of people who have died on Irish roads since the start of the year – four of them pedestrians. Three pedestrians have now died on the N2 this year alone. Earlier this month, a 55-year-old woman was struck and killed while walking on the N2 at Clonavogy near Castleblayney.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact Ardee Station on 041 687 1130 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
This morning, Louth TD Gerry Adams expressed his sympathy to their families of the deceased. “I want to offer my sincere sympathies to the families and friends of both victims at this terrible time.
“I also wish to commend the emergency personnel who attended the scene this evening and who work so diligently every day on behalf of our communities,” he said.