'Bubbly' Jenna killed on her way to GAA fundraiser dance
Published 20/06/2016 | 06:17
A young woman killed in a car crash has been remembered as a "beautiful" and "bubbly" young lady with a "smile from ear to ear".
Heartbroken relatives have also told how Jenna-Eve Smyth (25) was about to start a new job in Galway this week.
However, tragedy struck as she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Darby, drove to a dance to raise funds for a local GAA club.
They were involved in a head-on collision with a car on the R148 at Blackwater Bridge, Enfield, Co Meath, at around 9.15pm.
Jenna-Eve was taken by ambulance to Connolly Hospital in Dublin where she was pronounced dead.
Kenneth was still in a serious condition in the same hospital last night.
The driver and sole occupant of the second car, a woman in her 30s, was taken to Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar where her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
"She was a little dote. It's absolutely heartbreaking," her aunt Aurele Smyth told the Herald from the family's hometown of Killucan in Co Westmeath.
The Smyths run a hardware shop in Mullingar town where Jenna-Eve worked every day with her father Des.
"Des is a broken man, and his wife Breda is distressed. Jenna would say the Rosary every morning with her dad in the car on the way to work," said Aurele.
"He knew she was going for the office job in Galway and he was delighted when she got it, but he said he wouldn't have minded if she didn't get it because he loved having her in the shop.
"She was bubbly and fun. A beautiful girl. She was the baby of seven children, six girls and a boy," she added.
Jenna-Eve's brother Kyle was in France at Euro 2016 when the crash happened.
He came home with his friends yesterday on being told the bad news by family.
In Mullingar, other traders said the town was shocked.
"She was the heart of the town. Everyone knew her and loved her. She was always bubbly and sociable," said Tom Nally from Rochforts Superstore across the road from Smyths on Dominick Street.
A post-mortem is due to be carried out today.
Meanwhile, gardai at Mayfield in Cork are appealing for witnesses following a fatal two-car collision yesterday.
A woman in her 60s, believed to be a tourist, was seriously injured at around 4pm when the car she was a passenger in was involved in a collision at Skew Bridge, Tivoli.
She was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.