Saturday 25 October 2014

Teenager killed in hometown crash just weeks short of 19th birthday

Gardai seek information on stolen BMW involved in crash

Emma Jane Hade and Conor Feehan

Published 21/04/2014 | 07:49

AN 18-year-old man who was killed in a car crash in the early hours of this morning would have turned 19 in a fortnight.

Steven Carney was killed after the car he was driving struck a wall on the Birr Road in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

The 18-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

His 16-year-old friend who was the only passenger in the car at the time was seriously injured.

The black BMW crashed into a wall outside the Roscrea local authorities office on the Birr Road about 2am this morning. 

The car was removed from the scene yesterday afternoon and family members arrived with floral tributes.

21/4/2013   Gardai examine the scene in Roscrea where a black BMW  hit a wall killing the driver and injuring one other passenger on the Birr road in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary in the early hours of Monday morning.   Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
Gardai examine the scene in Roscrea where a black BMW hit a wall killing the driver and injuring one other passenger on the Birr road in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
A black BMW is removed from the Birr Road. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 21/4/2014
A black BMW is removed from the Birr Road. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 21/4/2014
A Garda walks by flowers left at the scene of the road accident on the Birr Road, outside Roscrea, Picture: Damien Eagers
A Garda walks by flowers left at the scene of the road accident on the Birr Road, outside Roscrea, Picture: Damien Eagers

Gardai have confirmed they are looking for information in relation to a stolen BMW that was involved in the accident.

The body of Steven Carney, from Kennedy Park, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, was removed to Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem will be held.

The passenger (16), who is also from Roscrea, was seriously injured in the crash and was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

It is believed the pair were travelling into Roscrea when the collision occurred in a built-up area within the town limits.

"Gardaí in Roscrea, Co Tipperary investigating the fatal road traffic collision which occurred on the Birr Rd, Roscrea this morning at approximately 1.55am are appealing for witnesses," a garda spokesman said. 

"Any person who may have  information in relation to a black BMW car been taken from a compound at Brosna, Birr Co Offaly  between 1am and 1.40am on the 21st April 2014

"This car was later involved in a fatal collision in Roscrea."

The scene is being preserved for a Garda Forensic Collision Examination and there are road diversions in place.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Roscrea Garda Station on 0505 24230, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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