A verdict of misadventure was returned by a jury at an inquest yesterday into the death of a 25 year-old man in a single vehicle road accident near Charlestown last August.

The impact which claimed the life of Alan O'Dowd from Lisacul, Castlerea, occurred at Laveymore – on the old Charlestown to Carracastle road – on the afternoon of Saturday, August 5.

Mr. O'Dowd, an employee of a recycling company, died at the scene despite efforts to revive him.

He was driving a BMW car belonging to a friend when he lost control at a bend and the vehicle spun into a gateway and dense foliage.

Dr. Fadel Bennani, consultant pathologist at Mayo University Hospital, gave the cause of death as brain herniation due to traumatic head injuries.

Dr. Bennani gave an opinion that the driving of the deceased at the time would have been impaired by the consumption of both ecstasy and alcohol.

The Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O'Connor, along with Sergeant David Tiernan, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, and Annette Warde, foreperson of the inquest jury, extended their deepest sympathy to the family and relatives of the dead youth.

Mr. O'Connor added that he was sure some good would come from the tragedy in the form of a greater realisation that drink and driving don't mix.

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