Second man dies following Kilkenny car crash
Published 24/12/2011 | 05:00
A second young man has died following a horror smash that killed his friend and left another man in a serious condition in hospital.
Martin Duggan (20) died this morning as a result of injuries he sustained in yesterday's crash.
His friend Sean 'Minty' Malone (18), from Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny, died at the scene.
The vehicle was travelling on the old N9 road to Waterford when tragedy struck at around 1.20pm outside Mullinavat.
A third young man was also seriously injured in the single-vehicle crash. All three men are from the south Kilkenny area.
Mr Malone was pronounced dead at the scene before he was taken to the mortuary of Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH), where a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out. His two friends were rushed to WRH with serious injuries.
Mr Malone's parents, Pat and Noreen, are well-known farmers. Noreen is heavily involved in juvenile GAA. The teenager is also survived by his brother Paddy and sisters Mags, Norleen and Catherine Anne.
Mr Malone was an accomplished young hurler. "He was very popular. We cannot believe what happened. It is an awful tragedy and our hearts go out to the family," said Ballyhale GAA chairman Sean Reid.
"My own son is the same age and was a great friend of his, they were in school together."
Mr Reid extended sympathy to the family on behalf of the club. "We hear about accidents every day but it is only when it hits your own parish that you realise how awful it is," he said.
It is believed Mr Malone had finished work for the day at Holden Plant Rentals and was on his way to Waterford with his friends. He was a past pupil of Scoil Aireagail in Ballyhale.
Gardai closed off a section of the N9 for a number of hours while a forensic examination was carried out. Diversions were in place near the scene of the crash.
Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them in Thomastown on 056 7754150 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.