New York visitor dies three weeks after being hit by car
AN Abbeydorney man who was seriously injured in a road traffic accident in the village three weeks ago died of his injuries on Friday.
Dan Long, who had lived most of his life in Pearl River, New York, was holidaying in his native Abbeydorney on August 27 when he was stuck by a car at Montanagay, on the main Abbeydorney to Ballyduff road.
Mr Long (68) was walking near the GAA complex at approximately 9.40pm when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle, resulting in serious injuries to his head and pelvis.
For the past three weeks, Mr Long had remained in a critical condition at Kerry General Hospital, but died of his injuries on Friday last, September 20. It is understood his children had travelled from New York to be at his bedside shortly after the accident, but had returned home last week.
The deceased man was visiting family in Abbeydorney at the time, including his brother Tom and sister Peg who live in the area.
Hundreds of locals, family and friends gathered to pay their respects to the Abbeydorney man at his removal from Casey's funeral home in Causeway on Tuesday evening. Requiem mass for Mr Long was due to take place in St Bernard's Chruch, Abbeydorney today (Wednesday) at 11am, after which his body will be flown back to New York for burial.
His family had requested that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Intensive Care Unit of Kerry General Hospital, where Mr Long had been cared for up to his death.
Mr Long is survived by his wife Kathy, children Ann Marie and Brendan, brothers Ned and Tom, sisters Maureen and Peg and extended family.