Monday 16 September 2019

Gardaí and HSA launch probes into death of boy (7) in sweeper accident

Tragedy: Devin Shepherd (7) is remembered at the scene of the accident
Tragedy: Devin Shepherd (7) is remembered at the scene of the accident
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Two separate investigations are being carried out into the circumstances surrounding the death of seven-year-old schoolboy Devin Shepherd, killed in an accident involving a Dublin City Council road sweeper on Sunday afternoon.

The small vehicle was in collision with Devin on St Joseph's Way in Ballymun at around 4pm.

The street sweeper at the scene last night. Photo: Arthur Carron
The street sweeper at the scene last night. Photo: Arthur Carron

Devin had been at his father's home when the incident happened.

He was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital in a serious condition but later died.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 30s, was taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The communities of Ballymun, and Sheepmore in Blanchardstown where Devin lived with his mother, were left devastated by Devin's death. His heartbroken family are asking mourners to wear bright colours to his funeral.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised but a death notice for the seven-year-old reads: "Devin, beloved son of Geraldine and Andy and dear brother of Yasmin, John Patrick and Jamie.

"Sadly missed by his loving mother, father, Geraldine's partner Gareth and children Cillian and Hannah, sister, brothers, grandfathers Michael and Patrick, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

"A request from the family is that everyone attending the funeral wear bright colours."

Ballymun Kickhams GAA have appealed to Dublin supporters to keep Devin's family in their prayers.

"As much as this game consumed us, spare a thought for the family of a young boy who died today in Ballymun in a tragic incident," the club tweeted.

"Times like this make us all realise how lucky we are, and in the greater scheme of things, it's still only a game of football. Rest in peace little man."

The Health and Safety Authority and gardaí are carrying out separate investigations into the incident.

Dublin City Council said it extended its heartfelt sympathies to the family.

It added: "As this accident is currently being investigated by An Garda Síochána and the Health and Safety Authority, we are unable to make any further comment at this time."

A shrine of flowers and soft toys, and a photograph of Devin in his Blakestown school uniform, has been placed on a telegraph pole close to where the incident happened.

Meanwhile, a man in his 30s has died following a two-vehicle collision in Co Galway.

Ambulance services and local fire services attended the scene of the accident involving a car and a van at Carrownurlar, Milltown, shortly after 1am yesterday.

The driver of the car, who was aged in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The van driver, a man in his 50s who was the sole occupant of the van, was taken to Castlebar General Hospital as a precautionary measure.

Gardaí in Tuam are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward, particularly any motorists who were travelling in the area at the time and may have dashcam footage.

Irish Independent

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