€100,000 raised for Kurdish family who died in Ballinasloe crash 

As of yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, over €97,000 had been raised to repatriate the Kurdish family of three who lost their lives in a crash on the M6 near Pooleboy, Ballinasloe on Thursday last.

Karzan Ahmed, his wife Shahen Qasm and their 9-month-old daughter Lina were tragically killed when the car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a vehicle travelling on the wrong side of the motorway shortly after 7.30 pm on Thursday, August 19th.

The driver of the other vehicle, who was named as Polish national Jonasz Adam Lach, was also killed in the collision while a female driver from Galway narrowly avoided serious injury when her car was struck by debris.

It has been reported that Mr. Lach, who was living in Portumna, had suffered with mental health issues and had been before the courts due to dangerous driving.

A friend of Karzan Ahmed, John Carey, established a GoFundMe page on Monday night with a target of €40,000 aimed at repatriating the family back to Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq where they can be near loved ones. The fundraiser had raised €97, 652 by Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Carey posted: “On Thursday, the 19th of August, a light was extinguished from so many lives. Our friend and colleague Karzan, along with his wife Shahen and their 9-month-old baby Lina were cruelly taken from the world. We were all left devastated, heartbroken and confused by such a senseless loss.

“Their lives were only just beginning, with Karzan having just submitted his PhD thesis, secured a new job, and of course the unbridled joy of Lina being born. They were so happy. They only small comfort we have is knowing that they are still together”.

Meanwhile, Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information on the fatal road traffic collision. They are appealing to any road users who may have camera footage and were travelling on the M6 at Pooleboy, Ballinasloe, between 7.20 pm and 7.50 pm on August 19th to make this footage available to them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090-9631890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any Garda Station.