Couple who lost baby boy in crash are 'beyond stunned'
A young couple who lost their five-month-old baby boy in a tragic car crash are "beyond stunned" at their loss, a family member has said.
Martin and Elizabeth Corcoran lost their baby son Martin Jnr in a crash when their family car hit black ice near Athlone, Co Westmeath, on Sunday.
The heartbroken couple kept vigil at the hospital bedside of their three-year-old daughter Isabelle, who was also injured in the crash.
The little girl is expected to make a full recovery.
Her mother Elizabeth also sustained minor injuries in the crash and underwent tests yesterday.
The young couple remained at the hospital throughout yesterday to be with their daughter and await the release of their son's remains.
The baby boy is to be buried tomorrow at Creagh Cemetery after funeral Mass in St Michael's Church in Ballinasloe.
A relative of the couple said they were in complete shock at the death. "They are beyond stunned at what happened. They've spent the day with Isabelle, at least they still have their little girl," he said.
The wider Corcoran family gathered at the home of Martin Snr's parents Tom and Ellen in Ahascragh, Co Galway, to support the family. Local parish priest Fr Kevin Reynolds visited and prayed with the family.
"They are just devastated at their loss. They are in bits and very, very shocked," he said.
"But they are talking about baby Martin and we prayed. As a community we have to be there for the family and try and help them deal with their tragic loss."
The crash occurred when the family's Renault Laguna, driven by father Martin, went out of control after it skidded on black ice and slammed into a crash barrier on the N6 Athlone bypass shortly after 2pm on Sunday.
The family had been on their way to Dublin, where Elizabeth is from, when the accident occurred.
The side of the car took the brunt of the impact. The crew of a passing Order of Malta ambulance tried to resuscitate the baby until an ambulance arrived.
He was rushed to Portiuncula Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6498550, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.