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Teen death an ‘awful tragedy’

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:55pm

The tragic death of a Ballincollig teenager killed in a car collision this week has “cast a dark shadow” over the town, a local councillor has said.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after 16 year old Roisin O’Donovan from Ivy Circle, Muskerry Estate died tragically on Tuesday after she was hit by a car on Ballincollig’s Main Street on New Year’s Eve.

The transition year student from Ballincollig Community College was taken to CUH with serious injuries after being involved in the collision while walking at approximately 7.45pm on Monday. She later died from her injuries on Tuesday.

The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident, and the road at the scene remained closed as of going to print yesterday to facilitate an examination of the area by garda forensic collision investigators.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Daithi O'Donnabháin called the incident “absolutely heartbreaking”, saying: “It is absolutely terrible for a young girl to be killed so tragically. I have a lot of concern for the family in terms of how they must feel.”

 

“The time of year and the circumstances involved, what the family has gone through since it happened and the tragic news of her passing, as well as what they will be going through in terms of the funeral and mourning, is absolutely heartbreaking. I would hope that their friends and family will rally around them and have no doubt that they will support them. It’s an awful tragedy,” he added.

Fine Gael Cllr Derry Canty, who lives not far from the teenager’s home in Muskerry Estate, said everyone in the area was in shock.

“Leading into the New Year, to have this happen has cast a dark shadow over Ballincollig and residents, including all her friends, relatives and family. The whole town is really upset and sorrowful, we all feel sadness and hurt over what has happened. I can’t visualise what the family are going through, and our prayers and

condolences are with them.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has any info is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021-4946200.

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