Daughter of man killed in crash left destitute after State cut her welfare

A verdict of accidental death was returned on Friday at the inquest into the death of a Latvian national whose car crashed on the Inner Relief Road after he had been drinking whiskey at a friend’s home.

The hearing was also told that the teenage daughter of the deceased has effectively been left destitute after the State stopped paying her the supplementary welfare allowance two months ago.

The inquest - which was adjourned until last week to allow a paramedic to give evidence, was told that the ambulance control centre in Navan was alerted to the collision just before 11pm on the 14th of June last year.

A rapid response vehicle and an emergency ambulance crew were despatched and arrived at the scene three minutes later.

However, there were no signs of life and no attempt at resuscitation was made as rigor mortis had set in.

Previously, the jury heard the collision was discovered after another motorist noticed hub caps rolling down the road and contacted the gardai.

Ainars Ozols’ car was found hidden in undergrowth at the bottom of an embankment at Bay Estate and the inquest was told the 43 year old who had been living at Main Street, Blackrock, had been drinking at a friend’s house and ignored pleas for him not to drive, turning down an offer of a lift home.

At the end of Friday’s hearing, Sean T. O’Reilly solicitor for Mr. Ozols’ daughter Eliza said his client had asked him to thank the people of Dundalk, the emergency services and especially the gardai who had assisted her.

He added the 18 year old is sitting her college exams on Monday and Tuesday, and has effectively been left destitute as h e said the State decided to stop paying her the supplementary welfare allowance in March.


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