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Man struck by police car is the fourth death involving a patrol vehicle in 2014

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Image caption Of the four fatalities in 2014, two incidents involved garda vehicles and pedestrians

A man who died after he was struck by a police car on Tuesday was the fourth fatality involving a patrol vehicle in 2014.

Eamonn Carroll, 32, of Bellurgan, County Louth, was killed on the main Carlingford to Dundalk road at about 01:20 BST on Tuesday.

The police watchdog, Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), is investigating.

Of the four fatalities in 2014, two incidents involved police vehicles and pedestrians.

This includes Mr Carroll's death on Tuesday and a 75-year-old woman who died when she was hit by a police car in Clondalkin, County Dublin, in August.

In May, a women passenger died in Fairview, County Dublin, when the car she was travelling in hit a lamp post. In March, a man suspected of driving dangerously crashed into a field and died at the scene in County Tipperary.

In both cases the vehicles "had come to the notice of the Garda Síochána before the incident happened and a garda car was responding", a spokeswoman for the ombudsman said.

It is normal procedure for any incident where any matter that appears to the garda commissioner to indicate that the conduct of a member may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person be referred to GSOC for independent examination.

GSOC investigators would attend the scene, impartially assess the situation, and may retain an involvement in the investigation, but it is not always the case that a full GSOC-led investigation is judged necessary.

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