Monday 16 September 2019

Boy (7) who died after being struck by vehicle in 'workplace accident' in Dublin named locally

Gardai investigate the death of a young child in a road traffic accident on St Joseph's Way in Ballymun
Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the death of a young child in a road traffic accident on St Joseph's Way in Ballymun Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the death of a young child in a road traffic accident on St Joseph's Way in Ballymun Picture: Arthur Carron
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Ian Begley and Conor Feehan

A community has been left devastated after a seven-year-old boy died after being struck by a vehicle during a “workplace accident” in Dublin yesterday.

The boy - named locally as Devin Shepherd from the Sheepmore area of Blanchardstown - was rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.

But despite efforts to save his life, he passed away several hours later from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 30s, was taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gardai investigate the death of a young child in a road traffic accident on St Joseph's Way in Ballymun
Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the death of a young child in a road traffic accident on St Joseph's Way in Ballymun Picture: Arthur Carron

Garda collision investigators examined the scene in the aftermath of the incident and closed off the road, with local diversions put in place.

A garda spokesperson told Independent.ie that the incident is being described as a “workplace accident”.

The Health and Safety Authority has also been notified.

Ballymun Cllr Noeleen Reilly told the Herald that her community is in a state of shock following the death of the boy.

“It’s absolutely dreadful to hear that something so awful has happened in this community,” she said.

“The loss of anyone is tragic, but to hear that a child has died is just heartbreaking.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time and I would appeal to anyone that witnessed this accident to contact the gardai,” she said.

Local Cllr Mary Callaghan said the sense of loss for the family must be unimaginable.

“I offer my heartfelt condolences and support and I know the community will help each other through this difficult time,” she said.

Gardaí appealed for anyone with information to contact them at Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, the Garda Confidential Line 18000 666 111 or any garda station.

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