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Monday 29 May 2017

Boy (7) left fighting for his life after mother killed in horror road crash

Ryan Nugent

A seven-year-old boy is fighting for his life - after his mother died following a road crash in rural Co Meath.

Mum-of-two, Emma O'Keeffe (26) was killed after her car collided with a truck on Thursday afternoon on the Nobber to Kingscourt Road.

Ms O'Keeffe's two children, aged two and seven, were also injured in the accident.

It is understood that four garda units and four fire units and a helicopter attended the scene shortly after 1pm.

Emma O’Keeffe (26), who was killed in a road crash with a truck
Emma O’Keeffe (26), who was killed in a road crash with a truck

The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash.

The incident took place a short distance from the family home in the small townland of Wilkinstown.

Ms O'Keeffe was rushed to the intensive care unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda after being removed from the car.

However, despite desperate efforts to save her she was pronounced dead yesterday morning.

Ms O'Keeffe's husband Robin was being comforted last night by family and friends.

The couple's seven-year-old son was in critical condition last night at Temple Street in Dublin.

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Principal at Scoil Naomh Barra in Wilkinstown, James Minnock, said the community were hoping the boy - who is a pupil in first class - could pull through.

It is understood Robin and Emma got married just over two-and-a-half years ago.

Their other son was also injured in the crash and is being treated in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, though his condition is understood to be less serious.

In a statement, Mr Minnock said that they were praying for the whole family.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the family, our school, and our community," he said.

"We are deeply saddened by these events. Our sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time," he added.

The principal also said that teachers and staff members in the school were focusing on the young pupils who were trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

"The school has implemented its critical incident plan. Psychologists from the National Education Psychological Service (NEPS) have been supporting and advising the school in our efforts to assist our students at this time," Mr Minnock added.

Wilkinstown man, Patsy O'Neill, who worked as a local councillor for almost three decades, knows the O'Keeffe family and said the pain around the community was still "raw".

"When you know somebody it does click more," Mr O'Neill said.

"Certainly the area is stunned, everyone has been talking about it, even as far as Navan.

"Accidents will happen but you just don't expect it to be so serious," he added.

Local councillor Michael Gallagher offered his condolences to the family.

"The family only moved into a house in Nobber about a year ago and people in the area are shocked and saddened.

"We're going through a very bad spell on Irish roads at the moment.

"My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time," he said.

Irish Independent

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