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Watchdog probes woman's crash death

The Garda watchdog has launched an investigation into the death of a woman in a car which crashed while being pursued by officers.

The passenger, in her 20s, was one of three occupants in the vehicle which hit a pole near the Malahide Road junction in Fairview, Dublin.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, is fighting for his life in Beaumont Hospital.

Another passenger, a 20-year-old man, is being treated in St James' Hospital, where his condition is described as stable.

A spokeswoman for the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) said the crash happened at 1.52am.

"Gardai had been following the vehicle," she said.

"As a result the incident was referred to Gsoc for investigation, in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act (2005)."

The woman passenger was taken to the Mater Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The State Pathologist is to carry out a post-mortem examination.

Gsoc has appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

The road was closed for a time for forensic tests by technical experts and traffic diversions were put in place.

Separately, a 21-year-old man died in a car crash on the main Dublin to Blessington road in the early hours of the morning.

The victim was one of five young men travelling on the N81 at Brittas at around 2.40am when the car hit a tree.

The four other occupants - aged 19, 20, 21 and 22 - were taken to Tallaght and St Vincent's hospitals, where their conditions are described as non life- threatening.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses.

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