AN 18-year-old woman has died following a tragic single vehicle accident near Clonakilty in the early hours of this morning.
Kate Fleming from Barryshall near Timoleague was driving home in very foggy conditions when her white Toyota Land Cruiser crashed into the gable of a house at Keohane’s Cross, a sharp junction on the Clonakilty – Dunmanway Road.
Kate had been driving some friends home after they had met up in Clonakilty on Sunday night when the accident happened at 5am this morning.
Residents in a house across the road from the unoccupied cottage heard the bang and immediately contacted the emergency services.
She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Kate is survived by her father Peter, mother Kathleen and younger brother Bill.
The family are well known in the Timoleague area where their farm is located.
Peter is also well known from his involvement with Argideen Rangers GAA club.
Kate attended Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty and had just begun a degree course in Law and Psychology at the University of Limerick which she was due to complete in 2015.
The local community in Timoleague and friends across West Cork were deeply shocked by the news this morning.
Local councillor and friend of the family John O’Sullivan told the West Cork Times, “This is any family’s worst nightmare, it is very, very sad.
“She was a great girl with her whole life ahead of her, it is just so devastating for this to happen to someone so young and full of promise.
“Our hearts go out to Kate’s family and friends at this time. The community will do all they can to support them”.
Local diversions were put in place while garda forensic collision investigators examined the crash scene.
Gardaí in Clonakilty are appealing to anyone who travelled the Clonakilty – Dunmanway Road between 4.30am and 5am this morning to contact them at 023 8821570.