Community in shock as boy (16) dies in car crash
A rural community is in mourning following the death of a 16-year-old boy in a car crash.
The victim, named locally as Adam Case, was killed instantly when the car he was a rear seat passenger in crashed into a tree, at Boston, off the Ballingarry North to Cloughjordan Road in Co Tipperary.
The teenager was originally from Abbeyleix, Co Laois, but had been living in Shinrone, Co Offaly.
A 22-year-old man whom gardaí believe to have been the driver, and a 17-year-old female, who was a front seat passenger, were rushed by ambulances to separate hospitals with injuries following the fatal collision on Tuesday at 3.45pm.
The three occupants were traveling in a Nissan Almera which lost control and left the road.
The vehicle hit a tree and came to rest on its side in a field.
Gardaí said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem was to be conducted.
The driver was initially rushed by ambulance to Tullamore Hospital, but was later transferred to St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, where he was being treated for internal injuries. He is said to be in a "critical, but stable" condition.
The female passenger was brought to University Hospital Limerick where she was treated for minor injuries.
Offaly county councillor Sean Maher said people were shocked by the news as he extended his condolences to the teenager's grieving family and friends.
The Sinn Féin representative told the Irish Independent: "It's tragic, I know his family. I'm so sorry for their loss and I'd like to sympathise with them at this awful time.
"It's absolutely tragic, he was just 16 and he had his whole life ahead of him. My thoughts are with them."
A technical examination was carried out at the scene as the road was closed for a time.
Inspector Seamus Maher, of Nenagh garda station, said: "We are appealing for witnesses to contact the station at Nenagh.
"We are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the incident. Forensic collision investigators have been assisting our investigation."
No other vehicle was involved, gardaí said.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Nenagh Garda Station on 067 50450 or any garda station.