Tuesday 16 January 2018

Road crash victim Daniel (7) passes away a week after his mother

Emma O’Keeffe’s funeral was held last Monday. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Emma O’Keeffe’s funeral was held last Monday. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Gavin White and Louise Kelly

The seven-year-old son of road crash victim Emma O'Keeffe has also passed away having sustained devastating injuries in the collision, it was confirmed last night.

Ms O'Keeffe (26) was killed after her car was involved in a collision with a truck on the Nobber to Kingscourt Road in Co Meath on January 13.

Emma O’Keeffe
Emma O’Keeffe

A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that Ms O'Keeffe's son Daniel has now also died.

Daniel had been admitted to Temple Street Children's Hospital after the tragic crash along with younger brother Logan, but Daniel passed away yesterday.

The boy had only turned seven in October.

Francis Deane, an Independent councillor for the area said it was "devastating news".

"For the local community, the area, the town as a whole and for the family most of all it's just hard to take," he said.

Fine Gael councillor Alan Tobin said: "Your heart just goes out to the family, it's absolutely tragic.

"The accident happened beside my mother and father's house and it brings up again the ongoing issue of road safety and how we get better driver behaviour."

Independent councillor Wayne Forde said: "All your thoughts and prayers go to the family.

"His mother was a very popular woman and now that the son is gone too, it is so hard for the family."

Heartbroken family, neighbours and friends gathered at St John the Baptist Church in Kilberry, Co Meath, for Ms O'Keeffe's funeral last Monday.

Parish priest Fr John O'Brien prayed for her husband and the couple's three sons Daniel, Adam and Logan.

"Daniel and Logan are still currently in hospital, we obviously pray for their recovery today," he said at the time.

The tragic car crash took place a short distance from the family home in the small townland of Wilkinstown, Co Meath.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Irish Independent

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