Sunday 23 November 2014

I forgive the driver, says wife of victim killed in hit-and-run

Published 18/08/2014 | 02:30

Catherine O'Connor pictured at the Central Criminal Court, Cork.
Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited
Catherine O'Connor, sister of the accident victim. Picture: Daragh McSweeney
Eamon Cronin, Swords crash victim

THE widow of a man killed in a suspected hit-and-run over the weekend says she forgives the driver of the car which knocked him down.

Eamon Cronin (50) was killed when he was struck on North Street in Swords, Co Dublin just after 3am on Saturday morning.

Gardai launched a major investigation and a 29-year-old man is expected to appear in court today.

But Mr Cronin's wife Jane (48) said last night: "If there is anyone responsible for what happened, I forgive them."

She added: "If I did not forgive someone, then it is like drinking a bottle of poison and expecting the other person to die.

"I am a Christian. Born again. And so was Eamon. Forgiveness is very important."

The couple had been married for 19 years and no children. Mr Cronin, who worked as a customer services advisor at the Permanent tsb branch on Baggot Street, was due to celebrate his birthday on Thursday.

"Eamon was loveable, funny, generous, kind-hearted and humorous," his wife said.

"His faith in the Bible was unshakeable," she added.

Passers-by tried to assist Mr Cronin until the emergency services arrived but his injuries proved fatal and he was pronounced dead in hospital.

There was shocked in Ridgewood estate in Swords last night where friends described Mr Cronin as "a gentle giant".

Jack Kelly (37) said: "I can't believe this has happened. "He was a very placid and caring person."

Mr Cronin was one of three people to die on Irish roads over the weekend.

The sister of notorious double murderer Catherine O'Connor, was killed in a single-vehicle car crash that claimed two lives in Cork.

Ann-Marie O'Connor (45) of Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co Cork, was coming home from a party around 12.30am on Saturday with her friend John Paul O'Carroll (31), of Farranferris Park, Farranree, when the accident occurred at Carrignavar, north of Cork city.

Their red Hyundai is believed to have spun out of control and crashed into a ditch before turning upside down onto a stone pier.

Both victims were ejected from the car due to the force of the crash and died on impact at the scene.

The accident occurred as Ms O'Connor's older sister serves a life sentence for the double murders of father-of-four John Forrester, (42) and Jonathan Duke, (27) in West Cork in 2011.

The 39-year-old was dubbed the "swastika killer" for the crude tattoo of the Nazi emblem on her left cheek.

Irish Independent

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