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Man arrested following fatal Meath car crash released without charge

20-year-old Jillian Thornton died in the two-car collision early on Saturday morning.
May 29th 2016, 3:28 PM 39,948 18

jillian Jillian Thornton Source: Facebook

A MAN IN his 30s who was arrested following a fatal road traffic accident late on Friday evening has been released without charge.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed the man’s release and said that a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Gardaí in Ashbourne are investigating the two-car collision which left a woman dead.

She has since been named as 20-year-old Drogheda native Jillian Thornton.

Jillian was fatally injured when the car she was travelling in collided with another vehicle at Waterside Great, Duleek, County Meath on the N2 Dublin-Slane Road at around 10.20pm on Friday night.

The driver of the car, the man in his 30s who was arrested, and a female front seat passenger (also aged 20) were removed to Blanchardstown Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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waterside The N2 at Waterside Great Source: Google Maps

The male driver of the second car, in his late 30s, and a female passenger in her mid 30s were removed to Drogheda Hospital by ambulance. Their injuries were also non life-threatening.

A statement from GSOC said the car was being pursued by gardaí.

The fatal road traffic incident which occurred on the N2 last night was referred to GSOC because the car which crashed was under pursuit by gardaí prior to the incident occurring. GSOC investigators attended the scene. There are parallel investigations underway. GSOC’s investigation will focus primarily on matters relating to the conduct of the Garda pursuit.

Sources told that a call was made to gardaí by one of the women in the car.

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