Tuesday 20 February 2018

Baby clings to life in coma after crash in which mum died

Olivia Dunne and her husband Ciaran
Olivia Dunne and her husband Ciaran

AN infant whose mother was killed in a horrific road accident while she was out for a stroll remains clinging to life in an induced coma.

The four-month-old girl was rushed to the Temple Street Children's Hospital on Friday, where she remained in a serious condition last night following the tragic accident that claimed the life of her mother Olivia Dunne (31), from Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

The young mother was killed instantly when she was struck by a SsangYong Kyron people carrier as she was walking with her baby near the entrance to the Balbriggan Retail Park around 12.30pm.

The driver of the people carrier was also taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries as the investigation into the cause of the accident continues.

The accident has devastated the communities of Balbriggan -- the home town of Mrs Dunne's husband Ciaran -- as well as neighbouring Skerries, Mrs Dunne's hometown where her parents Margaret and Seamus Clinton live.

Local residents in Balrothery said they were in shock over the tragedy, describing the young mother as a lovely woman who was delighted when her daughter was born.


Allison Bray

Irish Independent

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