Four from Latvia killed in Ireland crash

Authorities in Ireland have confirmed that four of five people killed in a two-vehicle traffic accident Feb. 18 were from Latvia.

Ivars Lasis, first secretary in the Latvian embassy in Dublin, told Radio Telefís Éireann that Latvian police have notified next of kin of the deaths. The victims include a 38-year-old woman, her 20-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old man, all from Liepāja. Also killed was a woman in her late twenties from Valka.

The fifth fatality was a 35-year-old man from Lithuania.

A sixth person, another man believed to be from Lithuania, was still being treated in Letterkenny General Hospital, RTÉ reported.

The four Latvians were traveling in a Volkswagen Vento when it collided with an Audi, occupied by the two Lithuanians, about 4:20 a.m. near Buncrana in the northwest of Ireland, according to the Sunday Independent. One of the vehicles caught fire after the accident, Highland Radio reported from Letterkenny.

The Latvians apparently were traveling in the direction of Buncrana after picking up the daughter from an airport. The accident occurred near Lisfannon, three miles south of Buncrana, where several fatal crashes have been reported in recent years.

The Audi had earlier been observed traveling erratically and had already been involved in a collision, the Telegraph reported, citing Irish police.

The County Donegal region is home to many Latvians and Lithuanians who have come to Ireland in search of work.

In June 2004, three men from Latvia died when their car was involved in an apparent one-vehicle accident, smashing into a bridge in County Donegal, near the border with Northern Ireland.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

4 thoughts on “Four from Latvia killed in Ireland crash

  1. I am an Irish artist with family connections iin Donegal where the acciudent happened. I would like to extend my sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in this terrible event, so far from their own land.
    I am soon to do an art project in Riga and I am interested in Latvians living or having connections with Ireland or Irish people living in Latvia.
    John Byrne

  2. I am a teacher in Ireland and have connections in Donegal. I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the Latvian people who died in the car crash recently.

  3. My deepest sympathies to all the families and friends of the victims of this terrible accident. My cousin in Latvia was best friends with one of the victims and is deeply upset by the tragic news. God bless.

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