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'Rest in Paradise, little Bro' - Boy (16) hit by van on his way to school dies


Dane was fondly remembered by friends and family

Dane was fondly remembered by friends and family

Dane was fondly remembered by friends and family

A family has been left heartbroken after a 16-year-old boy who was knocked down yards from his home died in hospital.

Dane Loakman, from the Castlefen estate in Sallins, Co Kildare, was crossing the main Clane Road at around 7.45am on Monday when he was hit.

It is understood he was trying to catch the bus to school when he was hit by a van being driven toward Clane.

A car being driven in the opposite direction then collided with Dane and he ended up under the bus, which was waiting at the bus stop.

His mother was looking on from the front door at the time.

Dane suffered devastating injuries and was rushed to Naas General Hospital, before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

He died on Tuesday evening.

Grieving pals have placed floral tributes, candles and a Liverpool scarf at the spot opposite Dane's house where he was knocked down.

Friends and neighbours have been gathering at the family home to offer support and to help his relatives in any way they can.

On Facebook, Dane's brothers Codey and Vinny and mother Alison posted tributes to the teenager.

"RIP Buddy till we meet again," posted Vinny.

He also posted a picture of the family on a boat and described Dane as the "joker of the family".

Codey put up a post full of heart emojis and a picture of the pair as small children.

"Rest in Paradise little Bro. Gone but never forgotten. Can't remember a time where you weren't smiling," he said.

"God only takes the best. Truly heartbroken. Until we meet again."


Mum Alison posted a smiling picture of Dane.

"My world," she wrote with the picture.

Others posted messages of sorrow on Facebook.

"Saddened to hear of the passing of Dane Loakman following yesterday's tragic accident. RIP," wrote one.

Sallins Celtic, who Dane played for, also posted a moving tribute on their Facebook page.

"It is with great regret we find ourselves posting our condolences to the family of Dane Loakman," the club said.

"Dane was a part of our club just like his mother Alison and brother - a great, energetic and well-mannered kid who will be sadly missed and remembered by us all."

The drivers of the van and car were uninjured in the tragedy.

Gardai at Naas Garda Station are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact them on 045 884300.

They are especially seeking anyone who may have been on Clane Road, in Sallins, or in the area between 7.40am and 7.45am on Monday.

Officers have said they want to speak to any motorists who may have had a dashcam in their vehicle.

Witnesses are asked to contact Naas Garda Station, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Carmel Kelly said the news was "devastating" for the family and for the town.