Wednesday 20 September 2017

'His brother is lost without him' - mum tells court of family's heartache after son killed after being hit by car

Jake Brennan aged 6 who was killed in a road traffic collision at Lintown Grove Kilkenny
Jake Brennan aged 6 who was killed in a road traffic collision at Lintown Grove Kilkenny

Conor Kane

“I had a dream about him last night,” Roseann Brennan said yesterday about her son Jake after the inquest into the six-year-old’s death ended. “He was such a cuddly, funny, really loveable little lad.”

She said it was “very upsetting” to go back over details of Jake’s last moments which occurred on the evening of June 12, 2014, when the little boy was hit by a car just as the Brennan family were enjoying a pleasant summer evening on their Lintown Grove cul-de-sac in Kilkenny city, preparing to go to a “jester show” in which Jake was supposed to have played a part with his dance group.

“He was into acting and singing,” Roseann said outside Carlow courthouse. “He did a little act for me that day. He was just so loveable and really missed. His brother is lost without him.”

Jake’s father Christopher Brennan said the six-year-old was “the rock of the family” and kept everyone happy with his own happy personality. “It was hard, seeing him there in the back of the ambulance, pleading with him not to die,” he recalled of the fatal evening when Jake was struck by a car outside their home. “I told him you’re not going to die.”

Roseann said she was sitting in the front of the ambulance, with Christopher in the back near Jake, and could hear her husband saying “come on, Daddy’s little man, come on”.

The family’s lives are “ruined,” she said. “Family days out start with visiting Jake’s grave. That’s not right. We had two little boys and a little girl. Before she [Jake’s sister] goes to bed at night, she kisses his picture and they say good morning to him. That’s not fair.”

The couple welcomed the jury’s recommendation at the end of the inquest that the Department of Transport should make 30kph speed limits mandatory in all housing estates. “We feel our baby didn’t die in vain,” Roseann said.

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