Updated: 24/12/16 : 05:52:56
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Two fatalities in Leitrim and Donegal road tragedies

Two people died following separate car crashes on Thursday evening.

On Thursday evening, a widow named locally as Betty McManus died after being hit by a car in Drumshambo, Co Leitrim at about 7.15pm.

Mrs McManus died as she crossed the road to deliver a present to her sister. Her death has stunned the local community.

Her late husband Paddy, who died in November 2015, ran the Thatched Pub on High Street.

The 74-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene on the Carrick on Shannon road out of Drumshambo (R207). Her body was removed to Sligo University Hospital.

The driver of the car, a woman in her 50s, was uninjured in the crash and no passengers were in the vehicle at the time.

The road was closed to facilitate a forensic examination and has since reopened, according to gardaí.

Later that evening in Donegal a 25-year-old woman, Amy Loughrey, died when the car she was driving was in a collision with another vehicle.

The crash happened at Glebe, Fahan, just before 11pm, a Garda spokesman said.

Ms Loughrey, from Derry's Waterside, had finished a restaurant shift in Fahan and was driving home when the incident happened.

Ms Loughrey was a popular member of staff at the Red Door, a favourite restaurant of Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and 'Friends' actress Courteney Cox. The restaurant closed and cancelled Christmas bookings as a mark of respect.

Her body was removed to Letterkenny University Hospital.

The driver of the other car, a 20-year-old man, was injured and taken to the same hospital, but his injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

The deaths bring to 184 the number of people who have died on the State’s roads this year - 31 more than in the same period in 2015

Gardaí said the road was closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination. “Local diversions are in place and the road is likely to remain closed for the most of the day.”