RTE Television

After the Crash

In 2016, 188 people tragically lost their lives on the roads in Ireland. In this hard-hitting documentary, we hear from the loved ones who grieve for them, giving viewers a first-person account of what it's like to lose someone on the road. With powerful testimony from parents, siblings, grandparents, children and grandchildren, this documentary goes behind the statistics and makes clear the enormous impact of each and every loss of life.

Among the stories are:

Andrew Roche (23) and Michael Madigan (28) were care assistants in Limerick. Andrew lost control of the car, in which they both were travelling and crashed into a van on March 15th, a stone's throw from their homes in Limerick city. Michael died instantly and Andrew passed away in hospital on St. Patrick's Day. Neither were wearing seat belts. Both Michael and Andrew's families describe the horror of living without them.

Mother and son, Tina Kelly (35) and Joey Kelly Cahill (14) from Ballygar, Co. Galway were killed instantly on July 24th when their car hit a tree near their home. Tina's parents Tom and Margaret describe the emptiness of losing both their daughter and their grandson in the same crash.

Russell Collman (37) was killed in a car accident involving two trucks in Mayo on February 19th. His wife Sabina and their two children have since moved house because she could no longer bear to live in the home where she learned of her husband's death.

Colin Vearncombe (53) had a worldwide hit with the song "Wonderful Life" in the eighties under the name Black. He lived in Schull with his wife Camilla and three sons Max, Marius and Milan and was about to become a grandfather. Colin was on his way to Cork airport when his car skidded on black ice on January 10th. He died in hospital 16 days later.

Kathleen Pender Lynch (57) was a beloved mother and grandmother. She was killed when her car struck a wall in Clare and overturned on July 29th. Her daughter Dorothy and granddaughter Jaeda Rae describe a fun-loving Kathleen, who loved fashion, Joe Dolan and her family.

After the Crash