The shocked people of Longford town and members of the local Nigerian community are overcome with grief and struggling to come to terms with the horrific crash which cost three women and a young girl their lives yesterday morning.
All four were killed when the car in which they were travelling collided with a jeep at approximately 7.45am on Saturday, June 28 on the N4 at Portnashangan, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Named locally as cousins Queenent Amenaghawon Olige-esezobor and Fanny Oraweme Akenbor, said to be in their 40’s, and Patience Iteire-Jeeti aged in her 30s and Ms Jeti’s 10-year-old daughter Jessica, they were pronounced dead at the scene of the tragedy.
The family are believed to be from Clonbalt Woods in Longford town and it is understood that they had been attending an evangelical church vigil overnight on Friday in Dublin.
“Longford is in shock, lost, confused and in sadness,” was the reaction of one member of Longford Integration Forum Exchange.
The bodies of the deceased were removed to Mullingar General Hospital and post mortems will be carried out tomorrow morning (Monday, June 30) at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore.
The driver of the jeep, a 50-year-old male, was also taken to Mullingar General Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
An examination of the crash scene was carried out by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.
And Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
They are particularly appealing to anyone who may have observed a gold coloured Nissan Almera (03 registered) or a black Kia Sorento jeep (06 registered) travelling on the Mullingar - Edgeworthstown stretch of the N4 between 7am and 7.45am on Saturday morning (28/6/2014) to contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mullingar Garda Station 044-9384000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.