'I don't know how we can cope without her' - Father pays tribute to 'beautiful' Katie (16) killed in crash
The father of a 16-year-old girl killed last night in a car crash has paid tribute to his 'beautiful daughter'.
The victim, named locally as Katie Murphy, from the townland of of Ballinamona, was a rear-seat passenger in the car which crashed into a wall on the coastal Cliff Road in Tramore at 8.20pm.
She was rushed to University Hospital in Waterford after the crash but died late last night.
Her father Hilary Murphy said she was a "beautiful girl".
"Our beautiful daughter was taken from us last night in a car accident. We loved her so very much and I don't know how we can cope without her," he said.
Katie's uncle Paul Murphy also paid tribute to the "much loved" 16-year-old.
"Our beautiful and much loved niece, Katie, died last night in a car accident. Please pray for her and for her devastated mother, father, brothers and extended family and friends. Thanks to all the emergency services for their help and support. Rest in peace Katie x."
Two other passengers, a female and male, both aged 17, suffered serious injuries and were also removed to University Hospital where it is understood they underwent surgery last night.
The male driver of the car, who is also 17, received minor injuries but was taken to hospital also.
He is the son of a prominent and well respected family who work in the motor trade in the Tramore area.
Sources say the crash happened as the car was being driven from Tramore along the coast road.
“As the car took the turn into the Carrigeenlea estate it appears to have collided with the wall,” a source told the Herald.
The main damage is to the passenger side of the car, and it appears it hit the wall side-on,” they added.
The road was closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions were put in place.
The car, a white Toyota Levin, was towed away just before 11am.
The injured had to be cut from the wreckage by emergency crews.
It is believed that the driver and a male passenger were travelling in the front of the car, while Katie and the other female passenger were in the back.
Local Sinn Fein Councillor Jim Griffin said the town was numb since the incident.
“I spoke to several people and everyone says the same thing - it’s awful how quick things can change,” he told the Herald.
“One life is gone and there are others in a serious if not critical condition, and the families of all in car are in our thoughts and prayers.
“It’s a winding stretch of road and nobody is sure what happened, but it doesn’t change the outcome unfortunately,” he added.
A local source said there have been accidents on the road before now, but that in the past cars have gone over the steep cliffs.
The road is popular with walkers, and today in the stiff breeze blowing in from the sea people paused briefly as the wreckage from the car was loaded onto the back of a recovery vehicle before being taken away for analysis.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, are asked to contact them at Tramore Garda 051 391 620, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.