Two people who survived fatal Sligo crash fail alcohol and drug test
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Two people who survived a road traffic collision in Co Sligo that resulted in the deaths of two elderly brothers failed an alcohol and drug test, the Irish Daily Mail can reveal.
The siblings were tragically killed in a three-car collision on a clear stretch of the N15 in Rathcormack at approximately 5.20pm on Sunday.
Sligo businessman Michael (Masud) Hemani, 70, and his brother Bashir, 72, were travelling in the same car and pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
© Provided by Extra.ieTwo people who survived a road traffic collision in Co Sligo that resulted in the deaths of two elderly brothers failed an alcohol and drug test, the Irish Daily Mail can reveal. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
The two other male motorists involved in the collision escaped unharmed and were subsequently breathalysed for drugs and alcohol. It’s understood that they are known to each other.
A Garda spokesman said: ‘As required by legislation, the drivers of both of the other vehicles were required to provide preliminary roadside tests for driving while intoxicated. One driver failed a preliminary roadside alcohol breath test; a second driver failed a preliminary roadside drugs test. Evidential samples will determine the further course of any action in these cases.’
A security source said gardaí are enquiring whether their intoxication was a factor in the crash.
© Provided by Extra.ieThe siblings were tragically killed in a three-car collision on a clear stretch of the N15 in Rathcormack at approximately 5.20pm on Sunday. Pic: Niall Carson/PA
Meanwhile, tributes poured in for both victims before Michael’s burial later this week. His daughter said Michael, who ran a printing business for more than 40 years, ‘always had a smile’.
‘He was the kindest man you could meet, always putting other people before himself,’ Emma Kilcawley Hemani told The Sligo Champion. Mr Hemani originally came from Tanzania and later moved with his family to the UK before relocating to Sligo. His brother Bashir, 72, had lived in Manchester and is understood to have been on holiday at the time of the collision.
Fellow traders on Grattan Street, Sligo, who all knew Michael, are also said to be ‘extremely saddened’ over the tragedy.
© Provided by Extra.ieMichael (Masud) Hemani. Pic: RIP.ie
Aidan Mannion of The Record Room told the Irish Daily Mail his presence will be greatly missed. ‘Michael was our neighbour here for over 30 years on the street,’ he said. It’s understood Michael’s brother will be repatriated to the UK in the coming days.
Meanwhile, a man is fighting for his life after he was hit by a truck in Galway city centre. The collision involving the pedestrian, aged in his 70s, occurred on Prospect Hill at around 10am on Wednesday.