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Sunday 19 November 2017

'He had a heart of gold' - Family and friends pay tribute to teen killed in two-car collision

Chai Brady

A Dublin teenager killed in a car crash over the weekend has been described as a “gentleman” who will be “deeply missed”.

Dylan Cowley (19) was involved in a collision with a second vehicle on the R162 Navan to Kingscourt Road on Saturday afternoon at 1.20pm.

Mr Cowley suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His friends and family have told how he liked cars and had a dog called Pablo that he loved. 

His cousin Karl Kennedy described him as a “genuinely good person with a heart of gold”.

Soon after the accident, Mr Kennedy was informed by his little brother what had happened.  He said it was “the worse phone call of my life”.

“My heart is in pieces knowing I will never see him again.”

Mr Cowley spent most of his life growing up in Blanchardstown where he had many friends, he also lived in Finglas before moving to Navan.

“He was just a happy jolly young chap with his whole life ahead of him, was taken way too soon,” said another cousin and friend, Shane Kennedy.

“He was loved and liked by everyone and will deeply be missed by all of his family and friends,” he added.

Mr Cowley had two sisters and was the oldest of his siblings.

Tributes poured in on social media mourning his loss with one person posting: “So many young people passing away that have their whole lives ahead of them, can’t believe your gone doesn’t seem real at all ... rest in peace pal. Gone, but never forgotten”.

Many other friends made tributes to Mr Kennedy.

“He’s honestly a gentleman, always was, always had a smile on his face and meant a lot to me ... I am devastated he’s gone,” said another person.

Mr Cowley was alone in his vehicle at the time of the incident. A woman and two children were in the second car and were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The road was closed over the weekend and diversions were in place while a forensics team carried out an investigation.

“I would like to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to this young man’s family,” said Navan Councillor Wayne Ford.

“The local community are in deep shock and are devastated at this tragic accident. I am calling on Meath County Council to improve safety on this stretch of road from Navan to Kingscourt. This is a very dangerous road which has claimed many lives over the years,” he said.

Garda are appealing for witnesses, and are asking anyone who has information to contact the Navan Garda station on 0469036100.

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