Man killed in N7 head-on collision has been named locally

by Rachel Darcy

A man tragically killed on the N7 yesterday morning in a horror head-on collision has been named locally as Anatolie Butucel.

Butucel was pronounced dead at the scene when a car driving the wrong way down the dual-carriageway smashed into his car just after midnight.

He is believed to originally be from Moldova, but has been living in South Dublin.

The Garda Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has launched an investigation into the two car collision, as it is understood a Garda patrol car had signalled for the Volkswagen Passat to stop when it came to the attention of gardai a short time before the crash.

The car is understood to have performed an illegal u-turn, and after Gardai signalled for him to stop, he quickly accelerated and sped up the wrong side of the duel-carriageway.

The Passat then smashed into the victim’s Toyota Yaris car, who was on the correct side of the road.

Three others were injured in the horror smash, with one battling life-threatening injuries in hospital.

A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a fatal road traffic collision between two cars on the N7 outbound at Kingswood, Co. Dublin at approximately 12:20am, 21st September. A male in his 40s, the driver of one of the vehicles, was pronounced deceased at the scene and has been removed to Dublin City Morgue.

“A male in his 30’s has been taken to Tallaght Hospital with life-threatening injuries and another male in his late 20’s was taken to Tallaght hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. A male in his 40s was treated at the scene but did not require hospital admittance.”

“As one of the vehicles came to the attention of Gardaí prior to the incident, this matter has been referred to GSOC and investigation are ongoing.”

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