Toddler dies days after being struck by car
Published 28/09/2010 | 05:00
A LITTLE boy has died in hospital three days after a car accidentally reversed over the toddler during birthday party celebrations in his estate.
Little Dylan Murray-Finneran was playing in the Coillin Bui estate in Moate, Co Westmeath, when tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon.
The 22-month-old was being watched by his mother, who was nearby, when a car driven by a woman who also lives in the estate accidentally reversed over the child, injuring him.
Yesterday, the infant lost his fight for life in Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.
The close-knit community of Moate is in deep mourning over the death of Dylan, which neighbours described as a "horrific tragedy".
Gardai interviewed witnesses who attended the birthday party in Coillin Bui on Saturday, and are treating the matter as an accident.
It's understood that Dylan's heartbroken parents Caitriona Murray and Sean Finneran returned to Westmeath with their baby's body last night where they were being comforted by friends and family.
Plans were being made for the baby's funeral last night as his devastated family tried to come to terms with Dylan's death.
Smiling pictures are posted on social networking sites Bebo and Facebook of Dylan, showing him as a happy, vibrant little boy.
A Moate resident who knows the family said he was "in shock" last night over the toddler's death.
"We're all absolutely devastated by what has happened. We heard that the woman didn't see the baby when she reversed out of the drive. It was only when everyone started screaming that she realised and panicked," he said.
Fianna Fail councillor and Moate resident Tom Allen described how the incident had affected the entire community in the town.
"I would like to express my deepest sympathy to everyone concerned," he said.
"It is a very sad thing and a tragedy."
Dylan was initially taken to Mullingar General Hospital after the car struck him at around 1.45pm on Saturday.
He was later transferred to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin, where he died early yesterday.
Locals described how the neighbour who drove the car was in a "state of shock" yesterday.
A family liaison officer has been appointed by gardai to assist the dead boy's parents.