Latvian man dies in Ireland motorcycle accident

A 20-year-old Latvian man is among the latest traffic fatalities in Ireland, the Garda Press Office reports. Ingus Zemgalis was killed in the early morning of Sept. 29.

Zemgalis died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a pole in Schull in County Cork, which is Ireland’s southernmost county. No other vehicles were involved, Irish police said.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who may have been on the Colla Road in Schull between midnight and 00:30 hours Sept. 29 and may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Schull Garda Station at +353 028 28111.

Over the past several years, Latvian nationals have been involved in several traffic accidents in Ireland, some proving fatal. Particularly tragic were accidents in February 2006 in which four Latvians were killed near Buncrana in northwest Ireland and in June 2004 when three men from Latvia were killed in County Donegal, also in northwest Ireland.

In May of this year, 30-year-old Pavels Desjatnikovs of Latvia was jailed for four months after he caused a December 2004 accident that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old woman, according to a news report from Radio Telefís Éireann. Desjatnikovs pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

Through Sept. 24 a total of 242 persons had been killed in traffic accidents in Ireland this year, according to data collected by the Garda National Traffic Bureau.

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

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