The inquest into the death of the two women from Ardee who were struck by a car after disembarking from a bus at Hunterstown has been opened today – and adjourned as Gardai prepare a file for the DPP.
Josie Duff, 78, and her cousin Kathy McDonald, 70, died on Monday January 16th of this year when they got off a Collins Coaches bus from Dublin heading northbound to Ardee at The Hunterstown Inn and were struck by a car heading in the opposite direction as they crossed the road.
The incident occured at about 6.15pm, the inquest at Drogheda Coroner’s Court heard today. A doctor pronounced both women dead at the scene. Pathologist Dr Jane Thorne, who performed the post mortem examinations on both victims, told the inquest that death would have been instantaneous.
The women, who were well known and much loved locally, had been in Dublin earlier in the day as Kathy had a hospital appointment. The cousins would regularly accompany one another on such trips.
Dr Thorne told the inquest that Josephine Duff’s death was caused by her aorta being transected which was “a catastrophic” injury. The pathologist found that Kathy McDonald had suffered severe and traumatic head injuries which caused her death. Dr Thorne confirmed neither woman would have felt anything as they were hit by the oncoming vehicle.
The coroner Mr Ronan Maguire ajourned the inquest after one day at the request of the Gardai. They are currently preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosectutions, report LMFM.
Josie, from Ballygowan Ardee, worked with the Irish Wheelchair Association and also helped with the Ardee Hospice whie Kathy, who lived on the Drogheda Road, died less than a year after her husband Seamus passed away.