One sibling killed and two hurt in horror family crash
A YOUNG man was killed and his brother and sister were left seriously injured in a horrific road crash.
The siblings were travelling to Dublin Airport in the early hours of the morning from their home in Ballyhade, Castledermot, Co Kildare, when the tragedy occurred.
Their parents, Donal and Anne Scully, were yesterday struggling to come to terms with the crash, which claimed the life of their son James (22) and left their other two children hospitalised.
Paul (21) remained in a serious condition last night in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, which specialises in head injuries.
The brothers have been described as "very close" and spent a lot of their time together. Their sister Charlotte (30) was last night being cared for in Tallaght Hospital.
She works in the Maxol Service Station in Carlow, where she was described as "well liked" by the customers. A number of locals who frequent the station described her as a "very cheerful girl".
This is the second tragedy to hit the family. Around 20 years ago a son died at just four years of age when he became impaled on a gate at his home.
As word filtered through of the accident, neighbours and friends gathered at the family home on the Carlow/Kildare border to help support the grieving relations.
Fr Tom Little, parish priest at nearby Bennekerry, offered up prayers for the family at Mass. He described James, who had attended St Laserian's special school in Carlow, as a "good chap" and that it was very hard for the family who were "distraught" following the crash.
The crash occurred at about 2.45am yesterday on the M9 motorway, which is the main Carlow to Dublin road. The white Citroen Berlingo van went off the road between the Ballytore and Castledermot exits on the northbound carriageway.
There was no other vehicle involved and the three siblings were the only occupants of the van.
It is understood they were on their way to the airport and there was luggage in the van.
It is believed James may have been on his way to France to visit a friend.
The van appeared to veer off through a roadside ravine before crashing through a fence. The accident occurred just three to four miles from the Scully family home near Castledermot.
They were taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital. Paul was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, while Charlotte was transferred to Tallaght Hospital.
The M9 reopened later in the afternoon after the garda forensic crash team spent several hours examining the scene. Gardai are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident.
Kildare County Council's road safety officer Declan Keogh described the collision as tragic.
"This was a tragic collision which has resulted in the loss of a young life, and left two others fighting for theirs.
"It is always sad to hear of a fatal collision, particularly when it involves young people because young people feel they are invincible, indestructible and free from pain while on the roads," he said.
"Young men and women have their whole lives ahead of them, and in a split second, that's all taken away from them, and that second can last forever for many families and friends".
The young man's death brings to 20 the number killed on the roads so far this year.
Meanwhile, gardai have also appealed for witnesses to a crash which left a male motorcyclist in his 30s with serious injuries.
It is believed the man lost control of the motorbike, a green Yamaha 02 Dublin registered bike, at round 6.15pm on Friday night under the Moyne Bridge on the Moyne Road in Baldoyle, Dublin 13.
Gardai at Howth, Dublin, who are seeking witnesses, said the bike was travelling from Malahide in the direction of Portmarnock.