FRIENDS last night paid tribute to a teenage boy who died after he was involved in a road accident while walking on a bypass.
Heartbroken teenagers gathered in their school yesterday to support one another following the tragic death of their popular school pal Craig Harford.
The 15-year-old, from Brindley Park, Ashbourne, Co Meath, died on Sunday after an accident with a car on the M2 Ashbourne bypass.
Gardai are still investigating the circumstances of the incident, which took place shortly before 5pm on Sunday. It appears the boy was a pedestrian on the main Ashbourne bypass. His injuries were so severe he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
The road is known as "motorway standard dual-carriageway" meaning that the legal speed limit can be up to 120kmh.
Craig was a popular student at Ashbourne Community School, where he recently completed third year. In May he was awarded the academic award for Excellence in Music.
Parish priest Fr Derek Darby said the entire community was rocked by the tragedy.
"Craig was a very popular lad and loved by his friends. The younger people are very badly affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time. Everybody in the community is so very saddened."
The funeral will take place on Thursday to the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne.
Craig is survived by his father Des and mother Melanie and siblings Billy, Jamie, Sarah and Sophie.
Meanwhile, a young ferry worker was killed when his car careered into a bridge in an early morning crash yesterday.
The man in his 20s was killed instantly when his car crashed into the bridge on Cheekpoint Road in Waterford at around 1.10am yesterday.