A young mother was killed between two deaths during a gruesome crash in Donegal in the early hours of yesterday.
The woman and a man – both 20 – died when the car in which they pushed passengers against a wall in Eastend, Bundoran, at 3.25 am when it was driven to the border with Co Fermanagh.
A man who is supposed to have been in the car presented yesterday morning to gardaí and was arrested for interrogation. He was released without charge, with a dossier prepared for the DPP.
The two victims are locally named as Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer.
Three other occupants of the car were also injured. A young woman in his twenties was admitted to hospital in a critical condition, while the condition of two young men was described as serious in the mid-twenties.
The woman was transferred to the Beaumont hospital last night, with the two men still under treatment at the Sligo General Hospital.
Ms. Devine was from Donegal but lived in Belleek, Co Fermanagh.
She was a former pupil of Coláiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon, and the mother of a three-year-old boy.
Mr. McAleer was from Ederney in Co. Fermanagh, in the Pettigo area. He went to South West College in Enniskillen and worked for D Montgomery Contracts in Dromore, Co Tyrone.
Heartbroken friends went to his Facebook page last night to pay tribute to the popular young man.
"A real gentleman with not a bad word to say or to make a complaint about anyone! A good friend to us all! Take it easy and fly high," said one.
Their bodies were removed to the general hospital of Sligo, 40 km from the stage. 19659005] Local sources said that the four passengers in the rear of the two-door Peugeot 306 car had been thrown out of the car by the collision.
It is believed that they had traveled to the border, about which the occupants of the car
Eyewitnesses said that the crash scene was something they never wanted to see again.
"It was terrible to just see all those young people there," said one.
"The car was totally wrecked and there were pieces of rubble everywhere.
" There was smoke coming from the car and the rear axle was about 30 meters away from the car, which was a total wreck. "
A resident who lives near the crash scene said the road conditions were bad at the moment, after heavy rain.
" There is also a bad curve there but we did not know until we opened the curtains this morning and saw that the road was closed and the car was visible at the KFC, "they said.
Proof of the scene showed that the car was out of control and against a wall on one side of the road hit before it hit a pole on the other side.
The rear axle and both rear wheels, as well as the passenger front wheel, completely dislodged from the car during the crash.
There were no other vehicles involved.
Garda forensic investigators were at the scene of the crash and the road was closed to traffic while they were carrying out their work. Local detours were introduced.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact to take m et gardaí in the Ballyshannon Garda station at 071 – 9858530, the Garda confidentiality line 1800 666 111 or another Garda station.
A message on the Twitter page of Discover Bundoran said yesterday that a scheduled broadcast of the Bundoran Ryan Tubridy radio program on Tuesday would be postponed to a date in the future as a sign of respect for the community and all affected by the tragic event.
Bundoran tourism officer Shane Smyth said: "The whole city, both residents and visitors, is surprised by this shocking event in Bundoran. The lives of these young people, presumably in Bundoran during a night out, have been tragically cut short and our thoughts lie with the families and friends of the deceased.
"We hope that the wounded recover quickly."