Family begs young drivers to slow down as teen is killed in car crash
THE heartbroken family of the teenager killed in a car crash are pleading with young drivers to take better care on the roads.
Steven Carney was killed early yesterday after the car he was driving struck a wall on the Birr Road in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
The 18-year-old, from Kennedy Park, Roscrea, was pronounced dead at the scene, and his 16-year-old friend, Stephen Loughnane, who was in the car at the time, was seriously injured.
Gardai say that the black BMW car had been stolen from a compound in nearby Brosna, Co Offaly, between 1am and 1.40am.
The deceased's grand-aunt Marie Spencer spoke movingly at the site of the crash, and said that she hoped young drivers would learn to take a safer approach on the road.
"It's a trauma. It's heartbreaking to see young lads like that driving cars so fast," she said.
"I wish to God that this will teach 18 and 17-year-olds not to drive cars unless they are well able to drive."
The young man was due to turn 19 in two weeks and was the eldest of three boys.
His devastated aunt said that the Carneys were a very close-knit family, and that they were now comforting his heartbroken parents Gregory and Sharon.
She said that she was now calling upon young drivers to "learn to put their belts on, to slow down and don't speed".
"I'm begging them not to speed," she added.
It is understood that the young man was in the Brosna area at a party before the accident occurred.
The black BMW crashed into a wall. The car was removed from the scene yesterday afternoon and family members arrived with floral tributes.
His grand-aunt described the dead man as "a lovely guy" and his friends said he was "the nicest guy you could meet".
Stephen Loughnane was the only passenger in the car and was initially taken to Limerick Regional Hospital.
He was later transferred to Cork University Hospital.
The deceased's body was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital and a post-mortem is due to be carried out.
The owner of the compound, which stores second-hand cars that are for sale, told gardai that his premises was broken into and the key to the BMW was taken before the car was driven away.
Gardai in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, investigating the fatal crash are appealing for witnesses or information about the BMW car taken from the compound at Brosna.