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Cavan driver is the 180th person killed on Irish roads this year

The man’s car hit a tree last night.

File photo - not of actual scene
File photo - not of actual scene
Image: PA Wire

A 31-YEAR-OLD man was killed last night when the car he was driving hit a tree.

He is the 180th person to die on Irish roads this year.

The crash occurred at about 10.15pm last night at Kildallagh in Ballinagh.

The driver and sole occupant of the car was taken to Cavan General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem exam is due to take place later today.

The Ballinagh to Crossdoney Road (R154) is still closed for forensic tests and diversions are in place. An appeal for witnesses has been made with gardaí asking anyone with information to call the local station or the confidential line.

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Since the beginning of the year, 77 drivers have died on Irish roads. Passenger fatalities are now at 36, while 35 pedestrians have been killed. The remaining 32 victims comprise cyclists and motorcyclists.

The total death toll for the year so far is greater than the figures at this time last year.

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