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Thursday 14 December 2017

Two teens die after their car smashes into side of a house

The red Ford Mondeo and black Volkswagen Golf involved in the two-car collision that claimed the lives of two teenage friends
The red Ford Mondeo and black Volkswagen Golf involved in the two-car collision that claimed the lives of two teenage friends
The garden wall of the house which was destroyed in the crash

Ralph Riegel and Allison Bray

TWO teenagers were killed after the car they were travelling in careered down an embankment and smashed into the side of a house following a collision with another vehicle.

Gardai later detained two men in connection with the collision at 11pm on Thursday night in which CJ Dolan (16) and Derry O'Callaghan (19) -- both from Knocknaheeny, Cork, -- lost their lives.

Their two friends, John (24) and Shane Heaphy (20), were also injured in the wrecked red Ford Mondeo.

A fifth occupant of the car was uninjured.

Both Mr Dolan and Mr O'Callaghan died at Cork University Hospital after desperate efforts by surgeons to stabilise their condition failed.

Mr Dolan was a back-seat passenger in the Mondeo and died within minutes of being admitted to hospital on Thursday night.

He was a Leaving Cert student who attended a local secondary school.

Mr O'Callaghan -- who was also a passenger in the car -- died yesterday morning.

Gardai later arrested two men -- a 21-year-old and a 41-year-old -- for questioning in relation to the circumstances of the tragic collision between the Mondeo and a black Volkswagen Golf.

Both men, who can be held for up to 24 hours, were taken to Gurranabraher garda station for questioning.

Gardai closed a portion of Harbour View Road in Cork for more than 12 hours for a detailed examination of the scene by technical experts.


Gardai are trying to clarify reports that the initial contact between the two vehicles may have been to the rear of the Mondeo.

Residents reported hearing a loud bang similar to an explosion.

One resident said it was a miracle more people weren't killed, given that the cars came within a few feet of ploughing through the gable wall of a house.

The two occupants of the Golf were not seriously injured in the collision.

Detectives were yesterday trying to ascertain the precise circumstances of the collision that involved two vehicles apparently travelling in the same direction.

Ann Heaphy -- the mother of two young men injured in the Ford -- described how she collapsed when she raced to the accident scene after hearing her children had been hurt.

"I was at home having a bowl of cornflakes about 11.15pm -- then we heard a bang," she told the Irish Independent. "My daughter ran up -- Sara, she is only 19 years -- and she was screaming.

"My bowl dropped (on the floor) and she was screaming: 'John, John, John.'

"I thought he was after being knocked down on the road," she added.

"As I came up the road, my neighbours and the garda pulled me back -- all I could see was my son (in the car) saying: 'Dad, dad, dad.' That was John -- then I collapsed."

"Someone then told me that my other son, Shane, was there (too). When I went out to the hospital last night they told me my older son, John -- he is 24 years of age and is a good child -- had only a 50/50 chance. My other son, Shane, is stable as well."

Mrs Heaphy said she knew absolutely nothing about reports there had been an earlier incident before the tragic collision.

"I haven't got a clue -- there was nothing about this or anything.

"I am a mother -- there was nothing that happened with a row last night.

"That is all I have to say," she said.

Meanwhile, two lorry drivers had a lucky escape yesterday after colliding head-on at a notorious blackspot on a narrow, rural road.


A driver and his assistant working for Irish Building Supply in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, emerged unscathed after their truck collided with a Cuisine de France lorry on the R754 road at Barrandarrig, Co Wicklow, at about 11:30am yesterday.

The driver of the Cuisine de France truck suffered a broken leg but was not seriously injured.

The accident occurred on a dangerous bend on the narrow road between Wicklow and Arklow towns.

Separately, a woman who died after crossing a busy dual carriageway on foot on Thursday night was last night named locally as Paula Keating (44), of Lucan, Co Dublin.

She was killed after being struck by a car while walking on the Dublin-bound lane of the N4- Lucan bypass shortly after 11pm.

Gardai last night were appealing for witnesses to the accident.

Irish Independent

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