A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was killed when the car in which he was a passenger smashed into a tree in Clondalkin, Dublin.
Four of Dayne Cody's friends, aged between 14 and 16, suffered serious injuries in the smash, with one boy losing half of his foot.
Dayne suffered fatal injuries after the pals from the Cherry Orchard area, near Ballyfermot, made a "spur of the moment" decision to go for a drive in the 2002-registered Kia Magentis on Saturday night.
It is unclear who was driving, but Dayne was the front seat passenger when the car mounted a grass verge and crashed into the tree in Station Road at around 10pm.
He was rushed to Tallaght Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The four other occupants of the car were named locally as Glen O'Driscoll (16), Jordan Brady (16), Tadhg O'Leary (14) and Adam Brien (16).
One was rushed to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin in a serious condition while the other three were taken to Tallaght Hospital.
Local sources said Tadhg had been at a fast-food restaurant when his friends arrived in the car, and he had got in.
He was said to have had half of his foot amputated in emergency surgery and suffered a fractured skull, collar bone and pelvis.
One of his ears was severed and had to be sewn back on.
He was in an induced coma last night.
Glen also suffered multiple injuries, including several broken bones.
He is being closely monitored by medical staff, a family member said.
"I haven't a clue whose car it was. It was a spur of the moment thing to go out in it," the relative added.
"They've been lifelong friends. They all live just a few doors away from each other. We don't know who was driving and where everyone was sitting."
A resident in Station Road who rushed out of her home after hearing the crash described the scene as "harrowing".
"After the collision, the tree had gone right up the middle of the car - all the way to the passenger seats in the back," she said.
"One of the passengers had gone through the windscreen and was almost on the bonnet.
"The car was in the tree when I saw one of the young guys stumbling down the footpath before he collapsed on the grass."
A resident in Barnville Park, near where Dayne lived in Cherry Orchard Avenue, described the 15-year-old as a "loveable and friendly guy".
"His poor mother is burying her only son. Everyone is rocked to the core by this," she said.
"Dayne was a student at Kylemore College in Ballyfermot. He was a kind and loving brother to his sisters."
Another witness said fire crews were forced to use cutting equipment on the 12-year-old vehicle which had a Kildare registration plate.
Gardai said the car was not stolen, and that some of the teenagers may have pooled their cash to buy it.