THERE was widespread shock and sadness in Castlebellingham, Kilsaran and surrounding areas, yesterday, Monday morning, as it became clear that a mother of young children from Castlebellingham was the victim of the fatal accident between Dunleer and Monasterboice on Sunday night.
Linda Bray from Gort Nua estate at the edge of Castlebellingham lost her life when she was in two-car collission.
The fatal crash happened shortly after 10pm at Castletown near a very dangerous bend which was also the scene of a fatal crash a few years ago.
Linda was the only occupant of the car and a woman, believed to be from Riverdale Dunleer, travelling alone in the other vehicle, was seriously injured and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
Both drivers had to be cut from the wreckage and emergency services spent two hours at the scene.
The road was scealed off on Monday as gardai carried out a technical examination.
Gardai are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them at Drogheda Garda Station: 041 - 98 74 26 2.
Linda was a member of an old and highly respected family who originally came from the Bog Road at Bragganstown.
The family has been struck by several tragedies. Two of Linda’s uncles were killed in road accidents.
Cllr Pearse McGeough, who is from Kilsaran, and is a neighbour of Linda’s grandmother, and who has known the family for most of his life, was deeply shocked by the news of Linda’s death.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” he said. “I know them so well. It is another terribly sad tragedy. It is just terrible.”