Girl, 9, killed and boy seriously injured after being hit by car

A girl has died and a boy is in a serious condition after they were struck by a car while cycling in County Galway in the Republic of Ireland.

The two children were hit by the vehicle shortly after midday today.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, the Irish Mirror reported.

The boy was taken to Portinucula Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí are currently at the scene of fatal road traffic collision between a car and two cyclists, a girl aged 9 and a boy aged 7.

The collision occurred this morning, Sunday 21 April 2019 at approximately 11:55am on the R358 Ballinasloe to Ahascragh Road Co Galway.

“Both children were taken to Portinucula Hospital where the 9 year old girl was later pronounced dead. The 7 year old boy remains in a serious condition.”

The road is shut as forensic teams investigate the scene.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 0909 631890.

Tragedy befell the Republic of Ireland in January when four young men were killed in a horrific road crash.

Daniel Scott, from Gortahork, John Harley and Shaun Harkin, both from Falcarragh, and Mícheál Roarty from Moneybeg, died in the single-vehicle collision near Magheraroarty, Gortahork.

They had met up to say goodbye as one of their group, Scott, was leaving to start a new job abroad the following week.