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Monday 29 May 2017

Sports-mad Daniel (13) loses fight for life after collision

The scene of the accident in which Daniel Roche was struck at King William's Glen Junction on the Drogheda to Slane road Photo: Damien Eagers
The scene of the accident in which Daniel Roche was struck at King William's Glen Junction on the Drogheda to Slane road Photo: Damien Eagers
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

He may only have been a young man, but Daniel Roche spent his life thinking about how he could help others.

Daniel (13), from Rathmullen, in Drogheda, Co Louth, tragically passed away on Tuesday night after he was struck by a car while riding his bike last weekend. He was involved in the accident on Sunday last, just after 8.30pm, on the Drogheda to Slane road.

Those who knew him remembered Daniel as sports mad. He played as a full-back for St Nicholas GFC and along with the GAA, he was involved in soccer and boxing.

Des McDonald, chairman of the club and the teenager's coach, was yesterday meeting with Daniel's devastated parents. Daniel had been preparing for his second year at St Oliver's Community College.

Doctors at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital had battled since the accident to save his life, but he passed away overnight.

Mr McDonald spoke about Daniel's love for sport and how he was always on hand to help others.

"He has been here at the club since he was five or six. He was one of those lads who would always do anything for anybody. Even though he was only young himself, he used to love to come down and help with training the kindergarten. He was a very well-mannered lad, always thinking about what he could do for someone else," Mr McDonald said.

"He is a serious loss for the community and for the club. He loved sports. He played soccer as well and did a bit of boxing."

Mr McDonald said Daniel had a number of siblings and it is understood the family had recently welcomed a new arrival.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday a 91-year-old man passed away following an accident on the roads. He was driving a car which was involved in a collision with a truck on the R147 at Pace, Dunboyne, Co Meath, at around 12.55pm.

And in a separate incident, a six-year-old boy was recovering in hospital after he was struck by a car on Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred in the Abbey Lane area of Athlone, Co Westmeath, at around 8.30pm.

The young boy was struck by a car which failed to remain at the scene. He was taken to hospital after the incident. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Irish Independent

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