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His parents had kept a bedside vigil for him at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he underwent emergency treatment. Photo: PA

His parents had kept a bedside vigil for him at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he underwent emergency treatment. Photo: PA

His parents had kept a bedside vigil for him at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he underwent emergency treatment. Photo: PA

An 11-year-old boy from Cabra seriously injured in a crash in Co Donegal has died in hospital.

His parents had kept a bedside vigil for him at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he underwent emergency treatment.

However, despite the surgeons' best efforts, he succumbed to his injuries.

The primary school student, named locally as Dylan Kelly, was walking down Slavery Road, near Buncrana, at around 5.30pm on Friday when he was hit by a van.

He was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel and taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

The child was then transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital, but died yesterday afternoon.

The driver of the van, a man aged in his 50s, was uninjured in the incident.

Rena Donaghey, a Donegal county councillor from Buncrana, said the community was ready to rally round the boy's family and offer any support needed.

"Buncrana is no stranger to tragedy, but this is yet another horrific accident and the wee boy was only 11," she said.

"It was an isolated incident on that particular road, but driving conditions were absolutely horrific.

"It was dark from 4.30pm. It was just an awful evening weather-wise.

"I want to offer my wholehearted support and I know that the community will rally round.

"Whatever we can do will absolutely be done.

"Buncrana is a great community and this is a time when the family need as much support as possible and that will be there for them, but it is just so sad."

Local councillor Jack Murray also expressed his sympathies.

"I can't think of anything more heartbreaking," he said.

"My thoughts and prayers go to the boy's family and I'm sure the community will do whatever they can to help.

"My sympathies also go to the driver of the vehicle, who must be extremely distraught over the accident."

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Meanwhile, a man in his 30s died yesterday after the car he was driving struck a wall between Ardnacrusha and Broadford, near the Limerick border in Co Clare.

He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the crash, which happened at around 3am. No other vehicle was involved in the accident.

On Saturday, a man in his 40s died following a road crash in Co Kilkenny.

The victim died when his van hit a tree in the Goresbridge area in the early hours of the morning.

Met Eireann has advised motorists to take extra care during the hazardous conditions forecast for today.


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