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13 year old ‘will be greatly missed’

Wednesday, 18th November, 2020 5:45pm

The death of 13 year old first year student Jimmy Horgan has been described as a “terrible tragedy” by his school principal.

In a statement released following Tuesday’s accident on Sheares Street, Presentation Brothers College Principal David Barry said that, in his short time with the school, Jimmy had “endeared himself to both classmates and staff alike”.

Mr Barry continued: “This is a terrible tragedy for the family, our school and our community. We are deeply saddened by these events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with Jimmy’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed by us all.”

The principal added that the school had been in contact with the boy’s parents and asked that the family and the school’s privacy be respected at this time.

According to the statement, the school has implemented its Critical Incident Management Plan and psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to assist students.

Cork City Councillor Deirdre Forde, who has known the boy’s family for years, said her prayers and thoughts are with his family. “My heart goes out to them. It’s such a tragic situation. God love him, and God love his family,” said Cllr Forde.

The fatal accident happened at around 3.30pm on Tuesday when a truck collided with the teenager on Sheares Street in the city centre. It is understood he was on his way to sports training at the time.

He was immediately taken to nearby Our Lady of Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

The driver of the truck was uninjured but was treated for shock.

Following the accident the road was closed temporarily and the scene was preserved for a full forensic and technical examination by garda forensic collision investigators.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

They are also appealing to any road users who may have camera or dash-cam footage and who were travelling in the area between 3.15-3.45pm to make this footage available to gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Anglesea Garda Station on 021-4522000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111, or any garda station.

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