Face of little boy (4) who lost fight for life after road crash
The town of Portarlington was in mourning following the death of the four-year-old boy in a horrific car crash in which his mother was critically injured.
The victim was named locally as Ciaran Treacy, youngest son of Gillian and Ronan Treacy. The little boy was a passenger in a car being driven by his mother when it was involved in a head-on collision with another car at Ballymorris, less than two kilometres outside Portarlington on the Portlaoise Road.
The accident happened at 8.20 pm last night.
Mrs Treacy was trapped in her car and firemen worked for almost an hour to free her from the wreckage. Ciaran's seven-year-old brother Sean was also hurt but his injuries were not serious.
The driver of the other car also received minor injuries and was later arrested at the scene by gardai. He was later released without charge.
Nurses and a local doctor arrived at the scene shortly after the accident happened. Up to 20 firefighters worked to free Mrs Treacy from the car.
CPR was administered to the four-year-old boy at the scene but he was pronounced dead later in hospital.
The Treacys are highly respected business people in the town. Ronan has a thriving filling station business in the town.
"The whole town is in mourning today," said a shocked local man.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact them at Portarlington garda station on 057 8623112.