Wednesday 20 September 2017

Tributes paid to young man (24) who died after car struck pedestrians

Benjamin Renard (24) was killed in the crash
Benjamin Renard (24) was killed in the crash
The scene of the crash at Adelaide Road/Earlsford Tce last night. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The scene of the crash at Adelaide Road/Earlsford Tce last night. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN

Cathal McMahon and Alan O'Keeffe

A young man seriously injured when a car struck a group of pedestrians on a Dublin footpath has died in hospital.

A woman driving a convertible Saab lost control of the car on Adelaide Road on August 22 at 6.15pm and the car mounted a pavement and struck four young men.

Benjamin Renard (24) was killed in the crash
Benjamin Renard (24) was killed in the crash

Benjamin Renard (24), a young Frenchman working in Dublin for the past three years, died from his injuries in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin yesterday.

He was rushed from the crash scene to Saint James’s Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital for treatment for head injuries.

Family members travelled from France and had kept vigil at his hospital bedside.

He worked as an account manager at the LinkedIn company on Dublin’s southside. He had studied at Dublin City University until 2014 when he was awarded a BA in global business, marketing and sales and had previously earned a B Sc degree in France.

There were glowing tributes from friends and colleagues on social media last night.

Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn Ireland, stated “After a brave fight, he has sadly passed away. We are doing all that we can to support his family and friends during this most difficult of times.”

Mr Renard had worked annually on a telethon for seven years helping to raise money for a muscular dystrophy charity.

The crash on the busy street in Dublin 2 resulted in the silver convertible flipping over onto its side in the impact near the junction of Adelaide Road and Harcourt Road.

The driver and one of the pedestrians were taken by ambulance to Saint Vincent’s Hospital. Another of the young men was also taken to Saint James’s Hospital and a fourth young man was taken to Tallaght Hospital.

In the aftermath of the crash, the Saab was left on its side, with smashed windows and damage to the front of the vehicle.

Several emergency services vehicles rushed to the scene and witnesses told how at least one of the men was treated by paramedics at the scene.

One witness said: “There was bits of the car all over the road and there were at least three fire engines and two ambulances from what I saw.”

A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman said four fire tenders and three of the service’s ambulances attended the scene.

Two ambulances from the National Ambulance Service also went to the scene.

Gardai appealed for witnesses to contact Pearse Street garda station or any garda station.

The street from Earlsfort Terrace onto Harcourt Road was sealed off after the crash to facilitate an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.

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