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Monday 20 January 2020

'He was one of those lads who would do anything for anybody' - tributes paid to teenager who died after being hit by car

Tributes paid to 13-year-old boy hit by car when cycling in Drogheda

Tributes have been paid to the teenager who died last night after being involved in a crash with a car while out riding his bike.

Daniel Roche (13), from Rathmullen, in Drogheda, Co Louth, tragically passed away overnight after he was struck by a car, while riding his bike last weekend.

Keen sportsman Daniel Roche (13), from Rathmullen, in Drogheda, Co Louth, was preparing for his second year at St Oliver’s Community College.

He was involved in an accident with a car on Sunday last, just after 8.30pm on the Drogheda-Slane road.

Doctors at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital battled since the accident to save his life, but tragically he past away over night.

The community in Drogheda has been left devastated at the loss of the young man.

Daniel was a full-back for local club St Nicholas GFC. Chairman of the club, Des McDonald trained Daniel.

“He has been here at the club since he was five or six. He was one of those lads who would always do anything for anybody.

“Even though he was only young himself, he used to love to come down and help with training the kindergarten.

“He was a very well-mannered lad, always thinking about what he could do for someone else,” Mr McDonald said.

“He is a serious loss for the community and for the club,” he added.

“He absolutely loved sports. He played soccer as well and also did a bit of boxing,” he said.

Mr McDonald said Daniel had a number of siblings and it is understood the family had recently welcomed a new arrival.

“His parents would also come down to support him,” he said.

Yesterday, a 91-year-old man also passed away following an accident on the roads.

He was driving a car which was involved in a collision with a truck on the R147 at Pace, Dunboyne, Co Meath, at around 12.55pm.

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