Child (2) in pram killed after being hit by truck on way to Montessori
A two-year-old girl was killed yesterday when her pram was struck by a truck as her mother brought her to Montessori.
Daenerys Crosbie, from Dunmore East, was with her mother yesterday when she was struck by the truck on Manor Street in Waterford city shortly after 10am.
Her mother, Carole-Anne Crosbie (30), received minor injuries.
A family member said that they were all very upset and could not believe what had happened.
"I don't know what to say. It is absolutely shocking," he said.
Carole-Anne was being treated for shock in University Hospital Waterford last night, where she was being comforted by her parents, Damien and Mairead.
"They are all very upset in the hospital," said a family member.
"She is inconsolable at the moment and in a state of shock," he added.
The family are originally from Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, but locals said that Carole-Anne had moved to Waterford about six years ago.
Daenerys was on her way to a local Montessori school after her pram was struck by the truck. Gardai sealed off the scene yesterday as an investigation was carried out, but the road was later reopened.
The two-year-old was rushed to University Hospital Waterford and was pronounced dead on arrival.
It is believed she died after suffering head injuries.
The cause of the accident remained unclear last night. "It's unbelievable and frightening really. God help the poor man who was driving the truck," said the family member.
Fine Gael Councillor Michael Doran, from Leighlinbridge, said he was a friend of the family and it came as an awful blow. "It is terribly sad really, to see this happen to a child so young," he said.
This accident brings to 174 the number of fatalities on Irish roads, an increase compared to this time last year. While the number of drivers killed is down on last year's figure, there has been an increase in the number of pedestrians and cyclists that have been killed.
In total, 34 pedestrians have died on Ireland's roads in 2014, eight of these were aged 14 or under.
Road Safety Authority CEO Moyagh Murdock said that it was important that people took care in relation to vulnerable road users.
"It is very worrying that we have seen an increase on 2013's figures," said Ms Murdock.
"The message going out is to tell drivers to drive responsibly and to take due care and drive at the appropriate speed for the road conditions.
"We have seen particularly bad weather with poor visability of late, so it is important that all motorists take care and that all pedestrians and cyclists take care," she added.