Tuesday 23 January 2018

'Dark cloud' hanging over community as heartbroken family grieve for toddler killed in tragic driveway accident

Galway University Hospital
Galway University Hospital
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A rural community in Galway is rallying around the heartbroken family of a toddler who was killed in the driveway of his home yesterday.

Cillian O’Cualáin died in a tragic accident after he was knocked down in the driveway of his home at Clynagh, Carraroe in Co Galway at 4pm yesterday.

His heartbroken parents Máire Ros and Mairtin, who had just recently welcomed a baby girl to their family, were today being comforted by their extended family and the entire community.

The family had only recently moved into their home after renovating the old building, which is very close to Mairtin’s family, last year.

“They are a lovely young couple who were enjoying a great start to their life together. This tragedy is every parent’s nightmare and it’s going to take them a very long time to try and overcome the trauma and their loss. It’s just unthinkable,” said neighbour Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh.

He said “a dark cloud” was hanging over the local community today.

The accident happened after a friend of the couple, who had come to see the new baby, was driving off.

“Cillian and his mother went outside to say goodbye to them and the little fella pulled away from his mother just as the car was moving off. It was just a tragic accident.

“It could have happened to any of us with small children,” said Mr O’Clochartaigh.

The air ambulance arrived at the scene very quickly but sadly there was nothing that could be done to save the little boy, who was just months short of his second birthday.

The toddler was air-lifted to University Hospital Galway, where he was later pronounced dead. A post mortem has been scheduled to take place today.

Forensic collision investigators attended the scene yesterday to carry out an examination.

Mr Ó Clochartaigh said the thoughts and prayers of the entire community were with the family today.

“The whole community is devastated on hearing the news, there is just a dark cloud over the place,” he added.

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