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Inquest told crash that killed pair in Co Donegal occurred while car was travelling at 121kmh

Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed outside Bundoran, Co Donegal, in August 2018.

A CAR carrying six people that crashed and killed two occupants in Co Donegal had been travelling at 121 kilometres per hour, an inquest has heard.

Conall McAleer (20) of Kesh in Co Fermanagh, died on August 19, 2018 alongside Shiva Devine (20), who was originally from Donegal Town but living in Belleek, Co Fermanagh.

The car hit a footpath and went into a spin before the crash at Bundoran, the inquest heard.

The Peugeot 306 was being driven by Joseph Gilroy from Lisnaskea, who later pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to five years in 2021.

The inquest heard the deceased pair had been socialising in Fermanagh the night before the crash before heading to Bundoran.

It was while leaving Bundoran at around 3am when the crash occurred.

Among those giving evidence was another passenger in the car, Rachel Elliot, who has been in a wheelchair since having her spine crushed.

She said she had no recollection of the night of the crash, and recalled waking up in hospital 10 days later.

Two other passengers, the vehicle's owner and his brother, did not attend the hearing.

Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said the deceased suffered extensive brain injuries, and said speed was a big factor in the collision.

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