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Woman killed, four others injured in crash involving off duty garda

The deceased has been named as Jacqueline Wolohan from Coolock in Dublin.

Image: Niall Carson/PA

Updated 3.30pm

A WOMAN WHO was killed in a car crash in Westmeath this morning has been named as 51-year-old Jacqueline Wolohan from Coolock in Dublin.

The crash occurred on the M4 near Kinnegad at 1.30am this morning. Wolohan died of injuries sustained in the collision. A female passenger and two children were also hospitalised.

The driver of the other car, an off duty garda, is also receiving medical attention.

The Garda Ombudsman has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

The eastbound carriageway of the M4 between the Kinnegad and Enfield exits is likely to remain closed until early afternoon for the forensic examination to be completed. Diversions are in place.

This incident was referred to GSOC under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which provides for independent investigation of “any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a member of An Garda Síochana may have resulted in the death or, or serious harm to, a person”.

GSOC is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, anyone who may have seen a blue Opel Astra, 2005 registration, or a silver Nissan Micra, 2004 registration, travelling on the eastbound side of the M4 at about 1.30 this morning, or anyone with information which may assist the investigation to contact them on 1890 600 800.

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