04/12/2013 01:56 EDT | Updated 06/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Wife of former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong killed in car crash in Ireland

VANCOUVER - The wife of former Vancouver Olympic chief executive John Furlong has been killed in a car accident in Ireland.

Furlong says in a statement that Deborah Sharp Furlong died Thursday while vacationing in southeast Ireland. She was 48.

Police in Ireland say the car she was driving collided head-on with a vehicle near Gorey, Ireland. She was taken by air ambulance to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver of the second vehicle, a man in his 40s, was only slightly hurt.