Sunday 28 December 2014

'He will be remembered with love' - tributes paid to student (23) who died in car crash

Published 30/07/2014 | 23:03

Sean Madden died in a single car crash
Sean Madden died in a single car crash

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a young man who died in a single vehicle accident in Dublin.

Described by his friends as a “true gentleman,” Sean Madden (23), from Bray, died after his car hit a pole near Loughlinstown yesterday morning.

The hugely popular public relations student was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

His heartbroken parents said, in the funeral notice, that their only son, will be “remembered with love.”

Sean, who recently took part in world record five-mile ribbon chain on Bray Head last May, loved travelling.

He was uncle to two nephews whom he doted on.

As friends flooded his Facebook page with tributes yesterday, the overriding sentiment was of love.

“A nicer person you could not meet,” read one of the tributes.

“Shocked and lost for words would be an understatement, Sean Madden you were an absolute gent, you’ll be truly missed my friend,” read another.

The Bray man was known around the town for his positive attitude and for always having a smile for everyone he met.

“Always smiling and genuine you were such a pleasure to work with. Such a cool dude,” wrote a colleague on his social network account.

The young man, who had many friends, recently celebrated his 23rd birthday.

He had bought a new car last October.

As the news broke last night friends uploaded old photos of themselves out on nights out with the sociable young man.

He had a busy social life and was involved in the Bray comedy circuit and won medals for kick-boxing.

His funeral will take place this Saturday in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

The one-car collision happened at 9am yesterday morning at the M50 and N11 merge. The road was closed for a time as emergency services attended the scene.

He was the only occupant of the car at the time.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses of the crash to contact Shankill garda station.

Last week it was reported that road deaths last year, despite the presence of speed vans and the sanction of penalty points, were up for the first time since 2006.

In 2012 there were 161 road fatalities on national roads but in 2013 that figure rose to 190.

The increase meant that An Garda Siochana missed their target to reduce deaths resulting from road fatalities.

The 2012 figure was the lowest on record, which was down 24 from 2011.

According to the figures 67pc of the fatalities were male.

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