TRIBUTES have been paid to a Kilcullen man who died following a fatal road traffic accident on the M9 motorway in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Dean Logan, from Avondale, was struck by a car as he walked on the M9 Motorway at approximately 3.30am.
It’s believed that Mr Logan, who was 41, may have been crossing the motorway when he was struck by the car between Junction Two and Junction Three on the northbound carriageway. Mr Logan was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The road was closed for some time following the incident to facilitate a forensic examination of the scene with northbound traffic diverted off the motorway at the Athy exit.
Mr Logan is survived by his parents, Ken and Linda, brothers Mark and Wayne and sister Clare.
Mr Logan was well known around Kilcullen and beyond and he has been remembered, by those who knew him, as a jovial character who loved life and enjoying the company of a wide circle of friends.
Kildare Nationalist Sports Editor Ger McNally spoke of his friend and his sadness at Mr Logan’s tragic passing.
“Dean was a great character and everyone around Kilcullen knew him. In every town there are cliques and groups, Kilcullen is no different. But Dean was involved with every group and he had a part in every clique and when there was anything going on in Kilcullen, he was involved with it. He was into the horses with his father and he was a lover of horse racing. He was on the local darts team in The Spout pub and he would have been a keen pool player.”
Ger McNally went on to add; “Dean lived for the weekend and he enjoyed a good social life. I remember several years ago when Dean did some work on a FÁS scheme at the pitch and putt club and he took great pride in his work there. Like everyone who knew Dean I am devastated by the news of his passing and I want to express my sincere condolences to Dean’s family on their loss at this very sad time.” Dean was also a big supporter of local live bands and the music scene locally.
Mayor of Kildare Cllr Martin Miley also extended his condolences to Mr Logan’s family.
“Dean would have been a well known and liked member of the community in Kilcullen and I knew of him, albeit not very well but more as an acquaintance down the years. This is a very sad tragedy for Dean’s family to whom I want to extend my deepest sympathies. It’s also a very sad day for the community. A lot of work has been done in recent times to reduce the numbers of road fatalities and it is just very sad for everyone when another life is lost.”
Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the fatal incident to come forward.
They are seeking to speak with anyone who drove on the motorway between Kilcullen and Athy between 2.30am and 4.30am on Sunday morning.
There were a number of passengers in the vehicle which struck Mr Logan but and neither they nor the drive driver, are not believed to have been injured.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 884300.