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Grieving family of hit-and-run teen Conor donate organs

Fiona Ellis

Published 05/12/2011 | 05:00

Conor Hickey (14) who died in a hit-and-run accident at the weekend
Conor Hickey (14) who died in a hit-and-run accident at the weekend

THE distraught family of a 14-year-old boy who died in a hit-and-run have donated his organs, saving the lives of two other children.

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Conor Hickey, from St Attracta Road in Cabra, Co Dublin, died on Saturday night from injuries he sustained after being struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident on Friday.

The young GAA fan was hit at the junction of St Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road in Cabra at around 5.40pm on Friday. The driver of the car fled the scene and has not come forward.

On Saturday, Conor's family made the brave decision to turn off the machine keeping him alive and donate his organs to help others. It is understood that some of Conor's organs went to help two sick children; a seven-year-old and a 16-year-old. One of the children who received an organ is understood to be a cystic fibrosis sufferer.

Yesterday, at the scene of the fatal crash, school friends, neighbours and family left bouquets of flowers, teddies and messages for the Man United fan.

"Cabra has lost a hero, while heaven has gained one. We will never forget the 2nd of December," read one message.

Another said: "Conor, I love you and I'll miss you loads. You'll never be forgotten. Hope you are looking down on us".

Grief

A school jumper from Scoil Bharra, where Conor went to primary school, was taped to a nearby lamppost, a stark reminder of Conor's young age.

Hundreds of friends and family of Conor also poured their grief out online.

"Three days in a row, you have all of us sobbing now, and the days keep getting longer without you," one friend wrote.

Another friend who played GAA with Conor wrote: "You were always smiling; nobody had a bad word to say about you. You were always having a laugh at training and bringing up the spirits of the team at matches.

"Trust me man, we will win the league next year for you and you will be helping us."

Many expressed anger that the driver of the car that hit Conor has not yet come forward.

"I hope they find the driver. I don't know how they are sleeping," one wrote.

"I hope justice is served and they find the driver really soon."

Yesterday afternoon, neighbours Darren Grehan and Anthony Daly brought flowers to the crash scene to pay their respects.

"It is a terrible thing to happen at Christmas," Mr Grehan said.

"We didn't know him personally, we are just paying our respects because he is someone's son. We are just letting the family know the community are thinking of them," Mr Daly said.

Witnesses

Local children Micheal Skully (14) and Luke Rooney (14) said that Conor was well-known and liked by all in the area. They said he loved GAA and skating.

"Everyone knew him and everyone liked him. Everyone is pretty upset."

Hundreds of teenagers attended a Mass yesterday to pay their respects to Conor and his family. The teens then walked to the crash scene and left flowers and cards.

Yesterday, gardai renewed their appeal for witnesses to the incident. They said investigations were ongoing.

"There are no arrests in relation to this at this stage. We are continuing to appeal to the public, and in particular the driver of the vehicle to come forward," a spokesperson said.

Irish Independent

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