Two people who survived a road accident in Co Sligo that killed two elderly brothers have failed a drug and alcohol test, the Irish Daily Mail can reveal.
The siblings were tragically killed in a three-car collision on a cleared stretch of the N15 in Rathcormack around 5.20pm on Sunday.
Sligo businessman Michael (Masud) Hemani, 70, and his brother Bashir, 72, were traveling in the same car and were pronounced dead at the scene by rescuers.
The other two male motorists involved in the collision escaped unharmed and were subsequently given a breathalyzer test for drugs and alcohol. It is understood that they know each other.
A Garda spokesperson said: ‘As required by law, the drivers of the other two vehicles were required to provide preliminary road tests for driving while intoxicated. Driver Fails Preliminary Roadside Alcohol Test; a second driver failed a preliminary roadside drug test. Sample evidence will determine further action in these cases.
A security source said Gardaí were asking if their intoxication was a factor in the accident.
Meanwhile, tributes poured in for both victims ahead of Michael’s burial later this week. His daughter said Michael, who ran a print shop for more than 40 years, “always had a smile on his face”.
“He was the nicest man you could meet, always putting others before him,” Emma Kilcawley Hemani told The Sligo Champion. Mr Hemani is originally from Tanzania and later moved with his family to the UK before moving to Sligo. His brother Bashir, 72, lived in Manchester and was believed to have been on holiday at the time of the collision.
Other shopkeepers in Grattan Street, Sligo, who all knew Michael, are also said to be “extremely saddened” by the tragedy.
Aidan Mannion of The Record Room told the Irish Daily Mail that his presence will be greatly missed. “Michael was our neighbor here for over 30 years on the street,” he said. It is understood Michael’s brother will be flown back to the UK in the coming days.
Meanwhile, a man is fighting for his life after being hit by a lorry in Galway city centre. The collision involving the pedestrian, in his 60s, happened around 10 a.m. on Wednesday on Prospect Hill.
Emergency services were called to the scene and transported the man to University Hospital Galway where he is believed to be in critical condition.