A MOTHER watched in horror as her daughter was hit by a car and flung into the air while crossing a busy road, an inquest has heard.
Sinead Condren (16), inset, from Castle Dawson, Maynooth, Co Kildare, was killed instantly when she was struck as she attempted to cross the road beside the Apple Green Service Station at the Celbridge interchange with the M4 motorway on May 23, 2011.
In a statement read out at Dublin Coroner's Court, heartbroken Fiona Condren said her daughter crossed that stretch of road every day after being dropped by the school bus.
On the day of the accident, Sinead opened her mother's car door and a price-list for her father John's business blew out.
She crossed the road to retrieve it and was making her way back over. Just as Sinead neared the footpath, a car suddenly appeared and hit Sinead full on.
Mrs Condren rushed to her daughter's side.
Off-duty paramedic Ronan McGuinness described seeing Sinead "thrown in the air like a rag doll".
He also checked on the driver, 19-year-old Adam Noonan.
Mr McGuinness said: "He was hysterical and kept saying, 'There was nothing I could do, it wasn't my fault'."
The cause of the death was given as multiple injuries and severe head injuries.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.