Tuesday 24 October 2017

Parents arrange to bring body of student back home

Fiona Donnelly

THE heartbroken parents of a Cork student who died after falling from a road bridge in Spain are today making arrangements for his remains to be returned home.

Shane O'Connor, who would have celebrated his 21st birthday this week, was found on the road underneath the busy Ranillas bridge in the city of Zaragoza on Friday.

His body was found near to where another 19-year old student from Spain was killed a short time before. Spanish authorities are investigating the possibility that Mr O'Connor, from Boherbue in Co Cork, had gone to the young man's rescue.

It's believed that the Spanish student Alex Herranz was hit by several cars on the Huesca motorway at around 7am and that Mr O'Connor fell from a height of six metres from the bridge after witnessing the crash.


The national police and Civil Guard in Spain are examining footage taken by two traffic cameras in the area. However, they say that these cameras may not provide exact information on what happened as the stretch of roadway where the tragedy happened is not well-lit. A local magistrate has ordered that autopsies be carried out on the bodies of both young men.

Shane O'Connor was studying at the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology and had travelled to Zaragoza on an Erasmus programme. It's believed that he had been attending the Interpenas Festival when he fell to his death.

Neighbours and friends spent the weekend comforting his devastated parents Joe and Annmarie. Garda James Lawton, who is providing support to the deceased's parents and his two older sisters, said it was a tragic accident that is currently under investigation by the Spanish authorities.

The talented footballer was just one week away from his 21st birthday. A spokesperson for Boherbue GAA described him as a "nice, quiet young man with lots of friends, who was involved in all sports".

Irish Independent

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