Monday 23 October 2017

Boy (4) killed by truck metres from the family home

Michelle O'Keeffe

A four-year-old boy was tragically knocked down and killed by a truck just metres from his home yesterday evening.

Conor McDaid, from Townley Manor, Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co Louth, was hit by the vehicle after he returned home from a day out with his family.

He had jumped on his bike while his parents took their belongings out of the car when the accident took place just metres from his driveway at about 5.30pm.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and the young boy was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda were he was pronounced dead.

He was described last night by a neighbour as "a loveable little lad", an only child who was due to start primary school in the coming weeks.

His distraught parents Mary and Paul were being comforted by heartbroken friends yesterday. One local woman said: "I heard a woman screaming and came running out of my house.

"Conor's mum had been in the garden, they had just arrived back home. I think she was just taking things out of their car when the terrible accident happened.

"As far as I know they had been on a family trip to McDonald's as a treat.

"It is such a tragedy, my heart is broken. As far as I know he had just got out of the car and jumped on his bike for a spin.

"He was knocked down just metres from his house."

She added: "All the neighbours are just devastated. We cannot believe something so heartbreaking and tragic could happen to such a beautiful little boy outside his home.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his poor family."

Local priest Fr Laurence Caraher arrived to the family home to comfort Conor's grief-stricken parents.

"The family only moved into the area a couple of months ago," he said.

"The whole community is heartbroken about the loss of such a lovely little boy. It is terribly tragic."

Devastated neighbours in the quiet estate, just outside Drogheda town, gathered together yesterday night struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss.

"He was an absolutely adorable child. I can't believe something so tragic could happen. He is an only child. I can't even begin to imagine what his poor parents are going through," said one neighbour.

The garda technical bureau cordoned off the scene for forensic examination. A garda spokesman said: "We were notified that a four-year-old was knocked down by a truck. He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he was pronounced dead."

Witnesses have been asked to contact gardai in Drogheda on 041 9874200 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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