Saturday 7 December 2019

Woman due in court after car crash claims life of tragic Eoin (3)

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A 25-YEAR-OLD woman is expected to appear in court this morning to be charged in relation to the fatal road crash in Monaghan on Monday in which a three-year-old boy was killed.

The three-year-old boy Eoin O'Neill was fatally injured when the car he was travelling was involved in a collision with another car.

Eoin was one of five people who lost their lives over a bank holiday weekend marred by carnage on the roads.

His 36-year-old mother, also named locally as Rose O'Neill, was critically injured in the incident and airlifted to Tallaght hospital.

A relative of the family described the tragedy as “every parent's worst nightmare”.

The relative, who asked not to be named, said the “whole community was devastated” over the incident.

Two other females, the driver and passenger in the other car, were both taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The incident occurred at Annamarron, Co Monaghan when the car they were in collided with another vehicle at approximately 6.30pm.

Mrs O'Neill and her son were the only occupants of the car at the time.

It's understood the family lives in Cortaghart in the local area, and it's also understood the boy's mother Rose works as a quality control inspector in Rye Valley Foods in Carrickmacross while his father Derek is a butcher.

Local councillor Padraig McNally, who had been canvassing in the area, said weather conditions had been bad at the time of the crash.

“It was quite wet and misty. I was out canvassing at the time, and it was just getting to the point where you nearly would have to quit.”

Gardaí at Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan have been investigating the crash and a woman was due before Carrickmacross District Court today in relation to the fatal incident.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042-9690190, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

They were also particularly anxious to speak to the driver of a lorry who stopped at the scene of the collision.

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