'A terrible tragedy' - Support for family as girl (3) is killed in car crash
Published 19/09/2016 | 02:30
The Congolese community in Ireland has rallied around a family after their three-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash near Limerick.
The little girl, named locally as Kellycia Nudiri, suffered catastrophic head injuries when her family's car left the motorway between Adare and Patrickswell at around 4.45pm on Saturday.
Her twin brother and her parents, who were also in the car, were not seriously injured.
The family, who are believed to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo, had been living in Limerick city but recently moved to Abbeyfeale, situated close to the border between Limerick and Kerry.
The family car, driven by Kellycia's mother, is understood to have swerved to avoid an- other vehicle after it mounted the central reservation barrier.
It then rolled several times before coming to a rest on its roof. The little girl was thrown from the vehicle and was discovered underneath.
Emergency services fought desperately to save her life, but she was pronounced dead a short time later at University Hospital Limerick.
A friend of the family said: "It's very sad. They're a quiet and respectable family.
"They couldn't find accommodation in Limerick city so they moved to Abbeyfeale about six or seven months ago."
Members of the wider Congolese community here have been providing support to the family.
Abbeyfeale Sinn Féin councillor Seamus Browne said: "I want to pass on my sympathies to the family. It is a terrible tragedy."
Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Niall Collins, who lives close to the scene of the crash, in Patrickswell, said: "There has been a number of fatalities on this stretch of the motorway over the years.
"I'll be asking the National Roads Authority to review this section.
"I want to express my sympathies to the family."
According to sources, Kellycia's twin suffered "minor head and facial injuries" in the incident.
Gardaí closed the motorway for several hours to examine the scene and the cars involved.
Officers at Roxboro Road, Limerick, have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 061-214340.
Meanwhile, Jack Matthews (20) died only 200 metres from his home when the car he was driving crashed in Termonfeckin, Co Louth, on Friday.