30 November 2018 No Comments by The Northern Standard


Civic and community leaders in Castleblayney expressed shock and grief yesterday (Wednesday) over a tragic incident in the town prior to midnight on Tuesday in which a 40-year-old father-of-two was killed when his parked car was struck by a speeding vehicle which was being pursued at the time by Gardaí.

A Garda who had attempted to question the driver of the speeding car, before it was driven off at high speed, was dragged for about 500 metres and was later taken to hospital for facial, head and leg injuries. The man who was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit by the speeding vehicle at West Street was Stephen Marron, a leading local community worker and key member of Castleblayney Hurling Club.

The deceased is survived by his wife Helen and their two children Andrea (8) and Francis Liam (5), as well as his parents, Frank and Josephine Marron, and two sisters, Maureen and Elizabeth, to all of whom sincere sympathy is extended. Gardaí revealed yesterday that the drama, which ended so tragically, began in York Street, close to the local Garda Station, when a Garda attempted to stop and question the driver of a car in the street shortly after 11.30 pm. The vehicle, a silver Audi, drove off at speed while the Garda was attempting to speak to the driver and the Garda was dragged by the car for about 500 metres, before it crashed into a Skoda at Upper West Street in the town centre, causing fatal injuries to Mr Marron who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The Garda, who was named yesterday afternoon as Michael Devlin (31), was treated yesterday for his injuries at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Garda Devlin, who is stationed in Monaghan was discharged from hospital yesterday evening. Mr Marron’s body was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for a post mortem examination by the State Pathologist. The driver of the silver Audi, a man in his 40s, was arrested at the crash scene and…

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