Thursday 14 November 2019

Boy (6) loses his fight for life after being knocked down at crossing

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A six-year-old Dublin boy has died in hospital after he was knocked down by a van on Friday afternoon.

Cian Marren, from Oakdale in Ballycullen, was visiting a relative in Shankill on Friday afternoon when he was hit crossing the Shanganagh Road at 4.45pm.

The driver was travelling in the direction of Shankill village.

Doctors battled to save his life after he was rushed to hospital, but he was pronounced dead at Temple Street Children's Hospital yesterday afternoon.

It is believed Cian and other family members had been visiting the home of one of his grandparents when the tragedy occurred at a pedestrian crossing at the entrance to the Hazelwood estate on the busy Shanganagh Road.

One woman who came across the aftermath of the incident said she was on her way home when she saw the boy lying on the road.

"The paramedics were all around him, putting an oxygen mask on him and trying to help. It was very sad. He only looked around five or six years old," she told the Irish Independent.

A 59-year-old father-of-three from the Hazelwood estate said the accident happened in the vicinity of pedestrian lights at the entrance to Hazelwood.

"I saw two ambulances at the scene and three Garda squad cars. The road was sealed off. It's a very busy road," he said.

"It's terrible that this has happened to a child. People are very shocked by what happened."

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Gardaí confirmed that the driver of the van was interviewed after the incident.

Cian's family were with him in hospital for the weekend while friends and neighbours rallied around to help and support them.

The local community in Ballycullen in Dublin 24 was shocked and saddened as news spread of his death yesterday. Cian's family are involved in the St Anne's GAA club in nearby Bohernabreena, where news of his death was also met with sadness.

A statement said: "It is with great sadness we learn of tragic passing of one of our young juvenile members, Cian Marren, following a traffic accident over the weekend.

"All at St Anne's GAA Club would like to express our deepest sympathy to Liam, Lisa, Àine, Ciara and all the extended Marren family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

"Cian was an active playing member of St Anne's GAA Club along with his sisters, and dad Liam is a coach with our juvenile camogie section. May he rest in peace."

Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area at the time or has any information about the collision to contact them at Shankill garda station on (01) 666 5900.

Irish Independent

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