Saturday 16 December 2017

Sport community describes tragic Melissa Patterson as 'one of our best'

The late Melissa Patterson
Pic: Sunday World
The late Melissa Patterson Pic: Sunday World

Robin Schiller

A community has been left 'in complete shock' after a 'bright and bubbly' teenager lost her life in the country’s latest fatal road collision.

Tributes have continued to pour in for Melissa Patterson (18) who passed away following a fatal road collision.

Melissa was seriously injured after being struck by a car on the N60 Castlebar to Claremorris Road at around 5pm.

Emergency services were called and Melissa was rushed to Mayo General Hospital.

Sadly the young woman was pronounced dead at 11.30pm on Thursday.

The 83-year-old female driver of the car involved in the collision, as well as a young male passenger were also taken to hospital, but more as a precaution as no injuries were reported.

The road was closed to facilitate a Forensic Collision examination but has since reopened.

Melissa Paterson attended Davitt College in Castlebar, and also represented her local soccer team Castlebar Town FC.

Anthony McDonnell, a member of the soccer club described the teenager as “one of our best” who had been with the club for over 10 years.

“We’re simply in shock, our condolences of course go to her family at this time, to her sister Belinda who was always with her.

“She was a great girl, a bright and bubbly teenager who always had a smile on her face.

“She always gave 100pc in training, and always went out of her to thank her managers after every game. Melissa will be greatly missed, and it is an awful tragedy,” Mr McDonnell said.

Mayo Ladies GAA also paid tribute to the teenager, tweeting: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and team mates of Melissa Patterson. We extend our deepest sympathies to all."

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact Castlebar Garda station on 094 9038200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. 

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