Irish athletics star (33) dies in car crash in South Carolina
Tributes poured in last night after the death of Jamie McCarthy, a 33-year-old distance runner from Cork who was killed in a car crash near his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Wednesday night.
McCarthy was part of the Irish junior team that won silver medals at the European Cross Country Championships in 2004, and the talented runner had been based in the US since after accepting a scholarship to Coastal Carolina University, where he continued to work as a volunteer coach.
At the time of the crash, he had been driving near his home with his girlfriend, Cristina Martinescu, who last night was on life support at a nearby hospital. McCarthy was pronounced dead on Wednesday night at Grand Strand Medical Centre in Myrtle Beach after suffering mass trauma, officials said.
Neighbour Currin Carter told MyrtleBeachOnline.com: "I still have the box of candy he and his girlfriend gave me for Christmas," Carter said. "A few days ago, I saw him going out to work. He addressed me smiling. He’s always smiling."
Awful news about Cork distance runner Jamie McCarthy, a member of the Irish junior team that won European cross country silver in 2004. The 33-year-old was killed in a car crash last night near his home in South Carolina. RIP https://t.co/LSJI2CzBlK pic.twitter.com/uMZPzZEGCC— Cathal Dennehy (@Cathal_Dennehy) February 16, 2018
Athletics Ireland is saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Jamie McCarthy. Jamie was part of the silver winning Junior Men's Euro Cross Country Team in 2004. Our condolences to his family. RIP pic.twitter.com/kgbcBKMKSo— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) February 17, 2018