Friday 21 July 2017

Teenage pals killed in crash 'had everything to live for'

Nathan Fullerton, far left, and Nathan Farrell, far right, were killed in the crash in which their pals Jimmy McKenna, second left, and Ronan Boyd, second right, were also hurt.
Nathan Fullerton, far left, and Nathan Farrell, far right, were killed in the crash in which their pals Jimmy McKenna, second left, and Ronan Boyd, second right, were also hurt.

Chai Brady

The families of two teenagers who died in a traffic accident over the weekend are said to be "absolutely distraught".

Friends and family paid tribute to the two young men from Buncrana, Co Donegal, who were killed while travelling home from a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.

Nathan Fullerton (17) and Nathan Farrell (18) were travelling in the car with three of their friends.

The remains of Mr Fullerton and Mr Farrell were brought home yesterday evening, and they will both be buried at St Mary's, Cockhill, in Buncrana later this week.

The teenagers were killed when their vehicle struck a wall between Quigley's Point and Whitecastle on the R238 at 3.35am on Saturday.

They were returning from a night out at the Bailey nightclub in Redcastle when the incident occurred.

A garda at the scene of the fatal crash in Co Donegal. Photo: Trevor McBride
A garda at the scene of the fatal crash in Co Donegal. Photo: Trevor McBride

The road re-opened yesterday after an examination was conducted by the Garda Forensic Collision investigators.

One of the young men was pronounced dead at the scene while the second was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It is believed that Mr Fullerton was due to leave Ireland today for a job in Scotland.

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Three other friends were also in the car at the time, but they are said to be in a stable condition in Altnagelvin and Letterkenny Hospital.

"I've been talking to some of the family members and they're absolutely distraught, they're in shock, disbelief," said local councillor Rena Donaghey.

"They went out to go to a disco but they never came home. They were all very young, they were all under 20, they had everything to live for. They were just beginning out in life really, one of them was starting a job in Scotland on Monday."

"My thoughts are with the ones who are in hospital as well. We just hope that they have a speedy recovery and get back to full health again," she added.

Very Rev Francis Bradley said there was a "stunned silence", adding that people were shocked at the sudden loss.

"Unfortunately, this isn't a set of circumstances that we're unfamiliar with, we are all too familiar with it. But nevertheless it's different people and different families, and for that reason it is a fresh tide of grief," he said.

"People mourn the loss of two young lives, they are saddened by the pain that this brings to the families and all their generation, from grandparents to parents to siblings to circles of friends."

The accident occurred in the same place where five young men, who were also from Buncrana, were killed in 2005.

Gardaí released a statement asking any "witnesses and in particular anyone who may have travelled this road between 3am and 3.40am [on Saturday] to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540".

Irish Independent

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