Family mourns second US hit-and-run death
THE cousin of a young man killed in a New York hit-and-run has died in a similar tragedy in San Francisco.
And now his body has been returned to Ireland thanks to a special fund set up by his extended family following the New York accident.
Paul Lambert (34) was struck by a car on February 12 in San Francisco – eight months after his cousin died.
Mr Lambert had worked as a translator with KPMG in Madrid for eight years, before deciding to take a career break to work for a charity.
Kevin Bell (26) was killed in a suspected hit-and-run in New York last June.
Mr Bell's father Collie told the Irish Independent that the two tragedies have left the extended family "distraught".
"Paul was a gentleman and a very decent person who wanted to help people.
"He always said he wanted to make a difference without having to wear a tie.
"He was to return to KPMG later this year having been in San Francisco working for a non-profit charity group."
The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which was also used to repatriate Paul's body to Ireland, has so far raised more than £150,000 (€181,560).
Both Paul and Kevin were former students at Abbey Grammar School in Newry.