Sunday 25 September 2016

Young man killed in late-night crash died 'just 200 yards from his home'

Published 18/09/2016 | 09:32

Jack Matthews (20) died in road tragedy
Jack Matthews (20) died in road tragedy

The young man who was killed in a late-night car crash on Friday night died just 200 yards from his home.

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Jack Matthews (20), from Termonfeckin, Co Louth, suffered fatal injuries when the car in which he was driving crashed shortly before 11pm.

A second man in the car, aged in his late teens, was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Jack Matthews was an "absolute legend... a lovely lad from the inside out", one online tribute wrote.

Another read; "He will be sorely missed in this world and I feel so sorry for all his friends."

One friend wrote: "If you look at his pictures, you can see how sociable and loved he was by the people from all around Meath and Louth he hung out with."

The popular young man was an apprentice at Premier Periclase, a facility located in Drogheda.

It is understood Jack was just nearing his home on Friday night when the accident occurred near a hump-back bridge that crosses the main Dublin to Belfast railway line, Sunday World reports.

Jack's death was recorded as the 131st road death in Ireland this year.

The fatality comes as Gardai urge road users to make September 21 next week European Day Without A Road Death.

The initiative 'EDWARD' was launched as part of the battle to halt the 15 road deaths a month across the continent.

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