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Friday 22 November 2019

Son suffers same brain injury as father in crash

Darry McDaid and his dad Martin McGrath. (Picture: NW Newspix)
Darry McDaid and his dad Martin McGrath. (Picture: NW Newspix)

Greg Harkin

A FATHER has spoken of his horror at seeing his son suffer the same brain injury as him in a car crash 35 years later.

Darry McDaid (23) from Lifford in Co Donegal, is in a critical condition at Letterkenny General Hospital after crashing his BMW car a week ago. He was alone in the car at the time and was returning home from a night out with a new girlfriend.

Gardai are believed to be searching for a second vehicle which they believe was also involved in the collision.

Mr McDaid is being treated for severe brain injuries.

His father Martin McGrath appealed for witnesses to the crash, on the Derry Road in Letterkenny around 1am last Thursday, to come forward.

He revealed he had suffered a similar brain injury following a road traffic collision near Lifford, 20km away, in 1978.

"I spent 14 weeks in hospital and I had to fight to return to normal life afterwards," said Martin.

"Now the same thing has happened to my son all these years later. I always worried and dreaded something like this would happen and now it has.


"I never thought anything like this would happen to my family. To be honest I think that Darry's injuries are worse than mine. It's heartbreaking watching him lying there in hospital.

"He has severe brain damage but they are doing tremendous work in Letterkenny General Hospital to help him come back," said Martin.

Martin described his son as "a very decent and shy young man" who, despite his young age, was a senior manager at a bakery in Doncaster in England.

He was home in Donegal for a week to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

"He had a date the night of the crash and none of us even knew about it. He is very shy but a decent young man."

Both the gardai and Darry's family have appealed for anyone who was in the area of the crash on the evening in question to come forward.

Irish Independent

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