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Thursday 29 September 2016

Boy (13) dies in hospital after being struck by car at 'lethal' blackspot

Elaine Keogh and Ryan Nugent

Published 22/08/2016 | 07:58

Teenager is in a critical condition after being hit by a car at King William’s Glen Junction on the Drogheda to Slane road. Photo: Damien Eagers
Teenager is in a critical condition after being hit by a car at King William’s Glen Junction on the Drogheda to Slane road. Photo: Damien Eagers

Gardai in Drogheda have confirmed that the 13-year-old cyclist knocked down on Sunday evening has died.

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The teen cyclist was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda where he was in a critical condition.

The teenager, who is from Drogheda, passed away in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on Tuesday.

It is understood the collision took place around the Drogheda-Slane road shortly after 8:30pm on Sunday August 21.

The scene was preserved with the road around King William’s Glen Junction closed off.

The car involved in the crash was a Renault scenic - the windscreen of which is completely smashed.

The driver of the car is understood to have avoided injury.

Located near Tullyallen Village, the road has already made headlines this year as a notorious blackspot.

A man died after being struck by a car on the same stretch of road just last week.

In May, the Tullyallen Cumann of Fianna Fail began a campaign for safety measures to be put in at the junction after a driver had to be cut from their vehicle.

Councillor for the area, Tommy Byrne told the Herald the road is "lethal".

"It's a very fast busy road," Mr Byrne said.

"It's lethal and there should be more measures put in place," he added.

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