A 15-year-old cyclist has become the 37th person to die on our roads this year. The boy was knocked down while out riding his bicycle early yesterday.
The accident took place in a residential area close to Cork city centre. Named locally as Dylan David Stark from Lower Pouladuff Road in Ballyphehane, the youngster was struck by a car, believed to be a taxi, at the corner of Kent Road and Pearse Street.
The accident happened at 12.15am yesterday morning. It is understood that the teenager was cycling with another youth in the suburb on Cork's southside. The boy is believed to have cycled out of an estate and into the path of the taxi.
He was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) but died of his injuries on arrival. Ballyphehane parish priest Fr Michael Murphy said the youth's passing was a tragic day for his friends and family.
"It is sad. You can imagine how you would feel if it happened yourself. The young boy will be laid to rest on Tuesday after twelve mass. We were a bit late hearing about it but he was prayed for at the last mass at twelve," he said.
Gardai in Togher have appealed for anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward. The popular youth was described by neighbours as an outgoing boy who had numerous friends in his native parish.
On Saturday, a 31-year-old man was killed in a crash in Co Wexford. Martin Lewis, from the Cottage, Ballyteigue, Kilmore Quay, was a passenger in a car which crashed into a wall.
The crash happened at Libgate, Kilmore Quay just before 9am. Mr Lewis died instantly after being thrown through the front windscreen of the vehicle.
The 45-year-old driver was in a stable condition in Wexford General Hospital yesterday.
Mr Lewis's mother, Patricia, said she last saw her son on Friday night when he called in to give her a box of chocolates "for being such a good mother".
The death of nine-month-old Anna Cahill from Wexford was also announced on Saturday. She was involved in a traffic collision in New Ross on February 3rd, and lost her fight for life in Temple Street Children's Hospital last Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the mother of a 19-year-old who died after a horror smash in December 2002 yesterday pleaded with teen drivers to slow down.
Ann Moran, mother of showjumping star Regina, who died after being on a life support machine for three days, told a crowd of Mayo transition year students to "think safety" when they were behind the wheel.
"Your life is the most important thing that exists," she said. "Don't throw it away for the thrill of a few minutes of rush."