'He was always in a good mood... and he loved his mam' - Mother of tragic crash boy (13) overcome with grief
The mother of a young boy who collapsed and died after being involved in a road crash at the weekend has been taken to hospital overcome with grief.
Tommy Wall (13), from Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin, and a 33-year-old man had been camping with relatives in Annamoe, Co Wicklow, on Friday night before setting off for an early morning drive.
However, the car they were travelling in left the R755 road and crashed into a ditch at 6.40am on Saturday.
Tommy and the driver managed to walk away from the crashed car after the incident.
They walked a short distance in the direction of Roundwood before a passer-by became concerned for their welfare.
Gardaí confirmed the teen "deteriorated and he died en route to Loughlinstown Hospital".
The male driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and brought to Wicklow Garda Station. He appeared before Bray District Court yesterday where he was released on bail.
Tommy's family yesterday said three couples had been camping with their children before the crash.
"He was going for a chicken fillet roll when the car crashed - we don't know what happened," said Tommy's cousin Lisa Wall.
At their home, heartbroken family members pored over photographs of Tommy on each other's mobile phones.
"There was only a family wedding a few weeks ago and he was at it," said Lisa. "His favourite song was 'Never Regret' by Muno, and he had it played at the wedding.
"He was just starting out in his life - he was a jolly lad and always up for a bit of craic. He loved going out with his dad, Gerry, and his brother Mick.
"We're all heartbroken at the news, it has been very hard," she said.
Another cousin, Lisa Marie Hanrahan, said: "He was always in a good mood, and he loved his mam."
Yesterday afternoon, an ambulance was called to the small site where Tommy lived with his family off the Greenhills Road in Tallaght. Tommy's mother Ann was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital in a visibly distressed state.
"She is taking it very badly, which is understandable," said Tommy's sister-in-law Nan Wall.