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Friday 22 September 2017

Teen who died in road accident 'was a credit to his community'

Tragedy: Kevin Donnellan
Tragedy: Kevin Donnellan
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A teenager who died in a road accident was remembered as a best friend and a credit to his community.

Tributes were paid to 15-year-old Kevin Donnellan from Kilrush, Co Clare, yesterday following his death in a road accident on Tuesday. The Kilrush Community School student died after he was struck by a car near his home in the rural hamlet of Ballycurrane, Knock, Kilrush, Co Clare.

It is understood the fifth-year student was lying on the road near a ditch when the female driver struck him shortly after 6.30am on Tuesday.

A post-mortem released yesterday revealed he was still alive when the accident took place and the cause of death was due to the incident with the car.

His school principal Rock Kirwan said: "Kevin was a lovely young boy who was a credit to his family, community and school.

"His sudden death has had a traumatic effect on all who knew and loved him."

The boy's distraught friends posted tributes on his Facebook page, describing him as a "best friend" and lovely young man.

Meanwhile, gardaí last night issued an appeal for witnesses to a road accident in Co Tipperary that left a young Romanian man dead.

The 23-year-old was walking home on the N2 Limerick to Waterford road at Ballykisteen, not far from Limerick Junction, when he was struck by a car at around 8pm on Tuesday.

He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick where, despite efforts by surgeons, he was later pronounced dead.

The motorist involved was treated at the scene for shock but was otherwise uninjured.

The Romanian man had been living locally for the past two years.

However, gardaí refused to release his name last night amid ongoing efforts to confirm his identity and make contact with his relatives in Romania.

A post-mortem examination was conducted last night on the instruction of the coroner.

Gardaí appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the pedestrian involved in the accident to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tipperary Garda station on (062) 80670 or the Garda Confidential Line (1800) 666111.

Irish Independent

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