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03rd Feb 2017

Man Killed In Dublin Crash Was Due To Become A Dad Again In Three Months

Alison Bough

Valdis Gabranovs, the 35-year-old dad of two who was killed in a road traffic accident on Wednesday night, was set to become a dad for the third time in just three months’ time.

Mr. Gabranovs’ car was involved in a head-on collision when his car crossed on to the wrong side of the road on a corner close to his home in Rush, Co. Dublin. The tragic dad, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

Two men aged 45 and 28, and a 24-year-old woman who were the occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Beaumont and Connolly Memorial hospitals.

Valdis’ partner Inita Mezaka told the Irish Independent that she is due their baby boy in three months time,

“Life is not fair. Valdis had been out to see a friend and somehow this crash happened. Gardai do not know why yet. Somehow he crossed to the other side of the road and crashed. If he was wearing his seatbelt he would probably still be alive.

I got a call late at night from a friend asking if Valdis was home. He should have been by then but he wasn’t. Then I heard there had been an accident and I went up to see if it was Valdis’ car. Then gardaí came and told me it was, and that he had died.

Yesterday morning I had to identify his body in hospital. You hope that maybe gardaí had made a mistake, that it will be like in the movies, but no, I saw him there, not breathing.”

Inita told of Valdis’ passion for fishing and the great outdoors,

“He loved to fish, he would release the fish after he caught them. It was the sport of it was his passion. We are from Latvia, and have been in Ireland for ten years. I don’t know what we will do now.

I had to phone Valdis’ family and tell them what happened. They are all devastated.”

The couple are parents to a 21-month-old daughter and Mr. Gabranov also has a son from a previous relationship.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the incident which occurred on the Skerries to Rush road at 11.45pm on Wednesday night.

Anyone with any information should contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 8020510 or phone the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.