Monday 22 January 2018

Boy (7) passes away following tragic road crash that killed young mum

Emma O'Keeffe was killed after her car collided with a truck on January 13 2017
Emma O'Keeffe was killed after her car collided with a truck on January 13 2017

Louise Kelly & Gavin White

A seven-year-old boy who had been left fighting for his life after a road crash in rural Co Meath has passed away.

Mum-of-three Emma O'Keeffe (26) was killed after her car collided with a truck on the Nobber to Kingscourt Road on January 13.

A garda spokesperson has confirmed that Daniel, Ms O’Keeffe's son (7), has now also died.

The car the mother of three and Daniel were travelling in earlier this month was in a collision with a lorry.

Daniel had been admitted to Temple Street Children’s hospital after the tragic crash along with younger brother Logan but Daniel passed away earlier today.

The boy had only turned seven in October.

Emma O'Keeffe
Emma O'Keeffe

Read more: 'Shocked, stunned, gobsmacked' - funeral of car crash victim Emma (26) hears prayers for her boys and mother-in-law in hospital

Independent Councillor for the area Francis Deane said it was “devastating news”.

“For the local community, the area, the town as a whole and for the family most of all it’s just hard to take,” he told independent.ie.

Fine Gael Councillor Alan Tobin echoed Cllr Deane’s thoughts.

“Your heart just goes out to the family, it’s absolutely tragic.

“The accident happened beside my mother and father’s house and it brings up again the ongoing issue of road safety and how we get better driver behaviour,”he said.

Independent Councillor Wayne Forde said “All your thoughts and prayers go to the family”.

“His mother was a very popular woman and now that the son is gone too is so hard for the family,” he said.

Heartbroken family, neighbours and friends gathered at St. John the Baptist Church in Kilberry, Co Meath for Ms O'Keeffe's funeral last Monday.

Parish priest Fr John O’Brien prayed for her husband and three sons Daniel, Adam and Logan.

"Daniel and Logan are still presently in hospital, we obviously pray for their recovery today,” he said at the time.

The tragic car crash took place a short distance from the family home in the small townland of Wilkinstown.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash.

Ms O'Keeffe was rushed to the intensive care unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda after being removed from the car.

However, despite desperate efforts to save her, she was pronounced dead.

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