'Complete shock' over death of 'bubbly' teen Melissa Patterson (18)
A COMMUNITY has been left "in complete shock" after a "bright and bubbly" teenager lost her life in the country's latest fatal road collision.
Melissa Patterson (18) was seriously injured after being struck by a car on the N60 Castlebar to Claremorris Road at approximately 5pm on Thursday evening.
Emergency services were called and Melissa was rushed to the nearby Mayo General Hospital.
Sadly, the young woman was pronounced dead at 11.30pm that night.
The 83-year-old female driver of the car involved in the collision, as well as a young male passenger, were also taken to hospital, as a precaution, however, no injuries were reported.
The road was closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination, but was reopened a short time later.
Melissa Patterson attended Davitt College in Castlebar, and also represented her local soccer team, Castlebar Town FC.
Anthony McDonnell, a member of the soccer club, described the teenager as "one of our best" who had been with the club for over 10 years.
"We're simply in shock, our condolences, of course, go to her family and her mother Carmel at this time, to her twin sister Belinda who was always with her.
"The two were inseparable and they did everything together. Melissa was a beautiful girl who always had a smile on her face on matter what.
"She was a great girl, a bright and bubbly teenager who was always in great form.
"She gave 100pc in training, and went out of her way to thank her managers after every game. Melissa will be greatly missed, and it is an awful tragedy," Mr McDonnell said.
Melissa only recently completed her Leaving Certificate examinations. She represented Mayo as well as Connacht in soccer.
Mayo GAA star Aidan O'Shea shared his sympathies through his Twitter page, expressing his grief at the tragic news.
"Simply horrific news around Castlebar this morning! There is No words... thoughts & prayers with her family & friends. #RIPMelissa", he said on his account.
Friends of the tragic teen also expressed their condolences through social media.
"Sad to hear the passing of Melissa Patterson who was knocked down yesterday, thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time," one friend said.
The fatality is the 92nd to occur on Irish roads this year.
Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact Castlebar Garda station on 094 9038200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.