Thursday 14 December 2017

Boy (10) who died after being hit by car was crossing road to visit grandmother

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

The young boy who was killed in a road crash this morning was crossing the road to visit his grandmother before school when the incident occurred.

Jack Wyer (10) from Ballinamere, Tullamore Co Offaly, died after he was struck by a car as he crossed the road from his father's home to visit his grandmother before school.

Locals in the small village were remained in shock at the sudden death today and recalled Jack for his ready smile, friendly nature and ability with a hurley.

Larry Flemming, local principal of Ballinamere National School where Jack was a fourth class pupil, remembered the young boy as "vivacious, bright and friendly".

He added that Jack had excelled at sport and looked set to live up to his family legacy in hurling.

"He was a gifted sportsman and the best young hurler we had seen at the school in a very long time. He came from a great hurling background and Jack was most certainly going to follow in their footsteps. I could see him making the Offaly team," he said.

Students and staff at the school received counselling today after news of the tragedy broke.

Investigating gardai sealed off the scene near Tullamore, Co Offaly, inquiries are ongoing, and diversions are in place.

The incident, which occurred shortly after 9am, was described as an "absolute tragedy" by a garda source.

"The collision occurred at approximately 9.15am at Ballykilmurray - two miles outside Tullamore - when a car collided with a pedestrian, a 10 year old boy," a spokesman said.

"The boy was seriously injured and was taken by ambulance to Midland Regional  hospital in Tullamore."

It has since been confirmed that the boy has died. 

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Tullamore Garda Station on (057) 93 27600.

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