Tuesday 20 February 2018

Out-of-control car kills Irish girl and critically injures sister at New York church festival

A photo of Kailee Gill at a vigil in her memory last night
A photo of Kailee Gill at a vigil in her memory last night

A 15-year-old Leitrim girl has been killed and her sister critically injured after they were hit by a car at a church festival in New York.

The driver of the car is believed to have had a heart attack at the wheel before ploughing into a group of people.

Kalie Gill, 15, who died, and her sister Lindsay, 12, had emigrated recently with their family from Leitrim. Lindsay is in a critical condition in hospital, according to Irish Central .

The two girls were among 500 people at a church festival on Friday night in the Irish-American suburb of Woodlawn, New York, where they lived.

The Irish community held a candlelit vigil last night near the scene of the tragedy.

Police said the driver, who is believed to be a local teacher, was leaving a car park about 9pm when it struck five other cars and four pedestrians. The two other victims escaped with minor injuries. The driver has not been charged.

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