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Thursday 29 June 2017

'It's hard to take in, the fact that I'll never see him again' - Tributes paid to biker killed on roads

Brian Hyland (left), brother of Stephen Hyland, Clonee, who was killed in a road traffic accident over the weekend pictured with Stephen’s friends: Robert O’Hanlon, Aaron Fitzpatrick, Maria Giurgila, Ben Mockdad, Kev Byrne, Darren Gleeson, Karolina Wymyskow and Jonathan Hughes. Photo: Arthur Carron
Brian Hyland (left), brother of Stephen Hyland, Clonee, who was killed in a road traffic accident over the weekend pictured with Stephen’s friends: Robert O’Hanlon, Aaron Fitzpatrick, Maria Giurgila, Ben Mockdad, Kev Byrne, Darren Gleeson, Karolina Wymyskow and Jonathan Hughes. Photo: Arthur Carron

Ryan Nugent

It was another weekend of tragedies on Irish roads - as a teenage boy was killed in a suspected hit and run, while two men were also killed in separate motorcycle accidents.

The family of Stephen Hyland (24), from Clonee, Co Meath, has been left "heartbroken" after his motorcycle collided with another at Huntstown Avenue, Blanchardstown on Saturday night.

Stephen Hyland
Stephen Hyland

It is understood that friends, who had been riding alongside him, desperately tried to resuscitate him at the scene.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, his older brother, Brian, said the whole family are going to "miss him so much".

"I'm still trying to wrap my head around it, but trying to understand what is happening is mind-boggling," he said.

"He's come off his bike before, but never this bad. As a person, Stephen was just the best, he'd do anything for anybody.

Lee Henry
Lee Henry

"He's had a tough couple of years since my mam passed away and was just getting back on his feet.

"It's hard to take in, the fact that I'll never see him again," he added.

Meanwhile, Lee Henry (13), from Darndale, Dublin, was crossing the road on the N32 on Saturday night, when he was struck by a vehicle shortly after 9.30pm.

It is understood the vehicle left the scene of the incident - a man in 20s was arrested in connection with the incident but was released without charge.

The child was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital but died a short while later.

Bouquets of flowers were left at the scene, with dozens of friends of the tragic victim gathering there yesterday afternoon, having already come together at Lee's secondary school, the Donahies School in Grange.

One pal left a note for the teen beside flowers.

"I'll remember and cherish all of the laughs together," it read.

"The world will have a little less laughter without you.

"I'll remember you as the happy, funny young gent you were," it added.

Meanwhile, Elrich Caputo, an 11-year-old boy knocked down by a truck, has died following a week-long battle by doctors to save his life.

Elrich was on his way to play a football match in Navan, Co Meath, when he was struck by the vehicle at around 9.50am, on October 16.

He was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital in a critical condition and later transferred to Temple Street Hospital, where he passed away last night.

The driver of the truck, a man in his mid 30s, was uninjured.

Separately, a man in his 30s was killed after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a wall at Ballinaclough, Pallasgreen, Limerick, at 3.30pm.

Irish Independent

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