Saturday 17 March 2018

Boy dies on by-pass after being hit by car

Elaine Keogh and Edel O'Connell

A FIFTEEN-year-old boy has died after being struck by a car.

Gardai in Ashbourne, Co Meath, are appealing for witnesses to the collision that claimed the life of the teenager yesterday.

It appears the boy was a pedestrian on the main Ashbourne by-pass and was struck by an oncoming car at about 4.50pm. The driver of the car was uninjured.

The teen was named locally as Craig Hafford from Ashbourne.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not known what he was doing on the road, which is part of the main Dublin to Derry road.

The road is known as motorway standard dual-carriageway, meaning that the legal speed limit can be up to 120kph.

However, it is unclear if the accident happened on a stretch governed by this limit or a lower speed limit.

Gardai closed the road in both directions yesterday.

Gardai have issued an appeal for any witnesses, particularly anyone who was on the northbound or southbound lane at that time, to contact them on 01 8010600.

Irish Independent

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