The heartbroken mother of a father-of-two who died having been struck on the N25 on Tuesday night has said: 'I can't stop thinking about that girl [the driver]. It was a freak accident.'
Tomas (Tommy) Kelly (36) was on the roadside when he was struck by a car driven by a young local woman on Tuesday night (September 1st), shortly before 10 p.m.
New Ross gardaí are appealing for witnesses following the accident.
At approximately 9.50 p.m., gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene of the collision near the slip-road, 200 metres after Kent’s Cross roundabout, on the Wexford road.
Tommy (36) was clipped and suffered serious injuries prior to being taken to University Hospital Waterford for treatment. Sadly, he suffered a cardiac arrest there, having contacted his brother Adrian, and passed away that night.
The son of Martin and Joan Kelly, Tommy was a well known character in New Ross and Wexford.
Joan said her son was a lovable rogue who adored his partner of 22 years, Bernie, and children Zoe (15) and Chesney (6).
As a child, Tommy attended Adamstown NS and Coláiste Abbain.
‘He was a lovable chap; very outgoing. He was into sport and enjoyed fishing off The Hook with friends growing up,’ Joan said.
Late of Doononey, Adamstown, Tommy was a homebird who always lived in Co Wexford.
He met Bernie at Coláiste Abbain when he was 14 and they stuck together through thick and thin.
‘He was mad about his children. He was living in his own house and would have them every Monday. Today (Monday) would have been their first day back at school. Every single Monday he was with them.’
Joan said her youngest son loved fun and was ‘a lovable rogue’ who made fun out of every situation. Although he battled with addiction, he tried to fight his demons, she said.
Reflecting on Tuesday night, Joan said: ‘It’s the hardest nightmare any parent can go through. Just unbelievable. It happened at 9.50 p.m. He walked into the ambulance. He spoke to my other son and told him he had been knocked down but went into cardiac arrest at University Hospital Waterford, where he passed away later that night.’
Describing Tommy’s funeral at St Abban’s Church, Adamstown as unreal, Joan said: ‘There were no gifts to the altar. It was bleak, so bleak. His friends were outside, which gave us a lift; there was a great crowd.
‘How do I picture him now? That his troubles have ended. Something I cannot stop thinking about is her. It’s an awful thing to live with. We don’t hold any grudge against that girl. I can’t stop thinking about her; it was a freak accident.’
Tommy was laid to rest in Adamstown Cemetery.
He is survived by his parents Martin and Joan; brother Adrian; children Zoe and Chesney; Bernie, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.
The driver of the car – who is believed to be from the Ballywilliam area – was unharmed.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward. They are particularly appealing to road users with camera footage (including dash-cam) from along the route at the time to make it available to them.
Anyone with information is asked to New Ross Garda Station (051) 426 030 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
A garda spokesperson said officers were alerted that a man wearing dark clothes was walking on the N25 on Tuesday night.
‘There is no lighting on that stretch of road. Gardaí were on their way out when there was a second call alerting us that someone had been hit. The accident occurred at a sweeping part of the bend.’
The entire road was closed off overnight and diversions were in place as forensic collision investigators examined the scene.
‘A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Witnesses have come forward already in relation to it. They observed someone on the road. The driver is distraught and very upset. She didn’t require medical attention,’ the garda spokesperson said.