A COUNTY Limerick student was killed last night returning from a St Patrick’s Day parade when the 4X4 vehicle she was travelling in collided with a ditch.
The woman, Ruth Gorey (18) from Kilbehenny, was driving a seven-seater Toyota Land Cruiser on the old Cork/Dublin road between Mitchelstown and Kilbehenny when the vehicle crashed into a ditch and overturned shortly before 7pm. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The young woman had been ferrying family and friends from a St Patrick’s Day parade in the area, in which she was involved, when the tragedy happened.
She was described by neighbours as a “popular and beautiful girl, who was a role model for the young girls in the community”.
The teenager was actively involved in the local Galtee Harriers Hunt Club and was an avid horsewoman and also enjoyed swimming.
She was studying for her Leaving Cert at Presentation School in Mitchelstown and had celebrated her 18th birthday in recent weeks.
Her younger brother was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Five other occupants of the vehicle - four female and one male all aged in their late teens and from the Mitchelstown and Kilbehenny area - were taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital. It is understood that none suffered life-threatening injuries.
Forensic collision investigators carried out an examination at the scene and traffic diversions were in place this Friday morning.
Units of the Fire Brigade from Kilmallock, Cahir and Mitchelstown attended the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mitchelstown Garda Station 025-84833, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.