Saturday 25 March 2017

'Kind, loving young lad' killed in Christmas bike tragedy

Fresh calls for legislation for scramblers after death of 16-year-old

Warren Kenny (16) tragically lost his life after the scrambler bike he was riding collided with another vehicle
Warren Kenny (16) tragically lost his life after the scrambler bike he was riding collided with another vehicle
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who was killed in a horror motorbike crash on Christmas morning.

Warren Kenny (16), from Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot, Dublin, sustained fatal injuries after the scrambler-type bike he was travelling on collided at speed with a similar vehicle shortly after 8am near his home.

Gardaí at the scene in Ballyfermot yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí at the scene in Ballyfermot yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren

The talented young soccer player was rushed to St James's Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The other rider - a man in his early 20s - suffered a broken arm as a result of the collision.

It is believed Warren, who was yesterday described by family friends as a "kind, loving young lad" had received the motorbike as a Christmas present.

Councillor Daithí De Róiste said the whole community was heartbroken following the loss.

"To lose a child at any time of the year is unbearable - to lose one on Christmas morning is just devastating," he said.

"Christmas will never be the same for Warren's loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.

"After speaking with his coaches at the local football club, they tell me he was an extraordinary talent who had the ability to score some amazing goals. He will be sadly missed."

Last night, glowing tributes were paid to Warren - who lost one of his closest friends in another Christmas tragedy last year. Transition year student Dayne Cody suffered serious injuries after a car, driven by an underage friend, hit a tree at Station Road in Clondalkin, Dublin, on December 20 last.

"I'm in shock," wrote one friend on social media. "Those bikes are absolute death-traps. My prayers are with your friends and family. RIP Warren, my little angel."

Another pal wrote: "RIP Warren, sleep tight. You and Dayne are united now. You are going to be missed by everyone... can't believe this is happening, especially on Christmas Day."

Labour TD Joe Costello said it was time to address the issue of scramblers and quad bikes in the city.

"Christmas Eve and Christmas morning have become occasions for young people with scrambling bikes to take to the streets," he said. "No year goes by without injuries. Most years there are deaths."

Former Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke also called for legislation.

Elsewhere, a man in his 20s was knocked down and killed on the outskirts of Castledermot, Co Kildare, last night.

The victim was walking along the N78 Castledermot to Carlow road when he was struck by a car at 7.30pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Garda spokesman said the road would remain closed overnight for a full forensic examination.

Irish Independent

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