Friday 24 November 2017

'I lost a best friend today I've known my whole life' - Tributes paid to tragic teen hit by motorist on rural road

Victim named locally as 15-year-old Kevin Donnellan

Pat Flynn and Allison Bray

A teenager who was hit by a driver may have been lying on the roadside when the collision took place, it has emerged.

The driver of the car desperately carried out CPR to try to resuscitate the boy but he was pronounced dead at the scene in Killimer, Co Clare.

The victim of the tragic accident has been named locally as Kevin Donnellan (15), from Ballycurrane, Knock, Kilrush, Co Clare.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the young man's death after a traumatised motorist reported she had collided with something on a rural road near the hamlet of Killimer, about 6.40am yesterday.

It's understood the boy was lying on the roadside when the passing car drove over him in the dark.

The driver immediately stopped her car and went to the scene of the collision where she found the teenager partially lying in a ditch.

A garda at the scene where the boy died. Photo: Press 22
A garda at the scene where the boy died. Photo: Press 22

She rang emergency services and performed CPR on the young man as paramedics relayed instructions over the phone until they arrived.

The accident occurred near the grounds of the Killimer GAA club. Officials from the club declined to comment on the incident last night.

It's understood a bonfire had attracted a number of teens to the area the previous night.

However, residents in the close-knit rural village were in "complete shock" over the tragedy, according to a neighbour.

"Everyone is in shock. It's beyond belief," he said.

Friends of the tragic teenager posted tributes on his Facebook page last night.

"I just want to say rest in peace to my brother Kevin Donnellan," one said.

"You helped me to get through a lot of stuff man you were always their [sic] for me we always had each other's backs.

"The great times we had together man and why, why did Jesus take you? I cant believe it. I love you R.I.P."

Another posted: "We love you Kevin Donnellan. School won't be the same with out a laugh in the corridors with you and the lads. Your in our hearts."

A close friend posted: "I lost a best friend today. I've known my whole life.

"It's such a shock that nobody wants to suffer from. We all love you Kevin."

His body was later removed from the scene to University Hospital Limerick while the office of the State Pathologist was informed.

Assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster travelled to Limerick to carry out a post mortem examination on Tuesday night.

Gardaí are awaiting the results of the examination to determine whether the teenager died prior to the collision or if he was struck while still conscious.

The driver of the car, who is believed to live locally, is reportedly distraught following the tragedy.

The incident brings to 160 the number of people killed on our roads this year.

Irish Independent

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