'It's tragic, he's so young to lose his life like that' - tributes paid to man killed on motorway
A man who was tragically killed while walking on a motorway in the early hours of yesterday morning has been remembered as "very popular and well-liked."
The man, who has been named locally as Dean Logan, died after being struck by a car on the M9 in Kildare at around 3.30am on Sunday morning.
It is understood that he was walking home from a night out when the tragedy occurred between junctions two and three, close to Kilcullen.
Mr Logan (40s) was pronounced dead at the scene, the driver of the car was not injured.
He was born and lived all of his life in Kilcullen town and locals there are said to be devastated by the news of his death.
Local Councillor Ivan Keatley said that he went to school with Mr Logan and was shocked by the sad news.
The Fine Gael representative told Independent.ie: "Dean was great craic, he was well-known in the town, he was very popular and well-liked.
"It's a big shock, it's tragic, he's a very young man to lose his life like that.
"I would like to extend my sympathies toward his family and friends at this time."
Mayor of Co Kildare Martin Miley described Mr Logan as a "great character".
"It's a woeful tragedy for the area, particularly when a local person is involved.
"I would certainly like to offer my condolences to the family and wider community in the Kilcullen area.
"He was well known and a great character. A young life taken is an awful thing," he added.
Tributes have also poured in online.
Ger McNally, a friend of Mr Logan, wrote: "Absolutely devastated by the news. I don't know how you'd even begin to describe Dean Logan to somebody who didn't know him but not many people around Kilcullen didn't, there's very few people around the town who won't have a story about a night out with Dean.
"He was totally unique and did things the way he wanted. He was an absolute legend and will be badly missed by everybody who knew him."
Road closures were put in place to facilitate a forensic examination of the crash site.
Gardaí said they wanted to speak to anyone who may have travelled on the M9 between Kilcullen and Athy between 2.30am and 4.30am.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Naas garda station on 045 884300.