Monday 19 August 2019

'Popular, cheerful' rower (21) killed in collision with truck

Jake Anderson
Jake Anderson
The late Jake Anderson (21) from Clerihan, a village near Clonmel
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Tributes have poured in for a young sportsman who died in a fatal road collision.

Jake Anderson (21), from Clerihan, a village near Clonmel, Co Tipperary, died when his car collided with a truck on the N24 at Ballingarrane at about 8pm on Monday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the truck escaped without injury.

Mr Anderson was the sole occupant of the car.

Described as a "popular and cheerful" young man, he was an avid rower with Clonmel Rowing Club.

A spokesperson for the club told the Irish Independent that his death has come as a terrible shock to the entire community.

"Jake first joined the club at 14 and was always so supportive and positive, especially to the younger rowers.

"He was a fantastic club member and just a lovely, popular and cheerful young man who came from a wonderful family," the spokesperson said.

"We're all devastated to hear what happened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Mr Anderson went to school in Clonmel and worked as an apprentice pipe-fitter.

It's understood that a family liaison officer has been working with the victim's family, who are well known in the local area.

Mayor of Clonmel Richie Molloy also expressed his condolences.

"The town is very shocked to hear that someone so young has died," he told the Irish Independent.

"The stretch of road where it happened is fairly wide, but the weather in Clonmel was atrocious on Monday night.

"My condolences and prayers are with his family during this very sad time," he said.

Friends and loved ones of Mr Anderson also took to social media to express their grief.

Funeral details are yet to be announced.

The road at the scene was closed for a number of hours yesterday to facilitate an examination of the area by Garda forensic collision investigators.

Cause

Gardaí are trying to establish the exact cause of the fatal accident.

The victim was travelling in the direction of Clonmel at the time and the truck was heading towards Cahir.

Tipperary saw a total of 11 road-related fatalities in 2018, according to Garda figures.

And in January of this year, 19-year-old Laura Quinn from Kilshane, Co Tipperary, died after her car struck a tree.

Anyone with information relating to this week's tragedy is asked to contact Clonmel garda station on 052 6177640.

Gardaí are also appealing for anyone who has dashcam footage of the crash to come forward.

Irish Independent

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