Two men killed on Kildare roads

Two men have been killed on Kildare roads in the last 24 hours.

Two men have been killed on Kildare roads in the last 24 hours.

A 59-year-old man was fatally injured when he was struck by a car at Silliott Hill, Kildare, at 7.30am this morning, Wednesday, January 12.

His body was removed to Naas General Hospital. The road was closed pending a Garda technical examination, and the gardai are seeking help with their investigations.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Kildare Garda Station 045 527730, the Garda Confidential Line on 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

Meanwhile, a 33-year-old man was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle in Castledermot last night. He died a short while later at Naas General Hospital.

The collision occurred on the N9 on the outskirts of the town at around 10.20pm

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Athy Garda Station 059-8634210 or the Garda Confidential Line.

Reacting to the two fatalities, Kildare County Council's road safety officer Declan Keogh said it is an awful start to a new year for any family and he warned people of the importance and invaluable use of wearing a high visibility vest.

Mr. Keogh said "Many people who walk along the road may in general be familiar with the road, however, if they are not visible to other road users by what ever means, their chances of being seeing is reduced to almost zero, until it's too late.

"A high visibility vest is an invaluable garment in staying safe on the roads, in fact it can be a life saver and I would appeal to anyone taking to the roads to wear one, regardless of the time of day or night"