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Sunday 24 September 2017

'He had a heart of gold' - tributes paid to crash victim Dylan (19)

Dylan Cowley (19)
Dylan Cowley (19)

A Dublin teenager killed in a car crash over the weekend has been described as a "gentleman" who will be "deeply missed".

Dylan Cowley (19) died after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the R162 Navan to Kingscourt Road on Saturday at 1.20pm.

Mr Cowley suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends and family have told how he liked cars and had a dog called Pablo that he loved. His cousin, Karl Kennedy, described him as a "genuinely good person with a heart of gold".

Soon after the accident, Mr Kennedy was informed by his little brother what had happened. He said it was "the worst phone call of my life".

"My heart is in pieces knowing I will never see him again," he said.

Mr Cowley grew up in Blanchardstown, where he had many friends. He also lived in Finglas before moving to Navan.

Jolly

"He was just a happy, jolly young chap with his whole life ahead of him, and was taken way too soon," said another cousin and friend, Shane Kennedy.

"He was loved by everyone and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends."

Mr Cowley had two sisters and was the eldest child.

Tributes poured in on social media, with one person posting: "So many young people passing away that have their whole lives ahead of them, can't believe you're gone, doesn't seem real at all… rest in peace pal. Gone, but never forgotten."

Many other friends paid tribute to Mr Kennedy.

"He's honestly a gentleman, always had a smile on his face and meant a lot to me… I am devastated he's gone," said one.

Mr Cowley was alone in his vehicle at the time of the incident. A woman and two children were in the second car and were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The road was closed over the weekend and diversions were in place while a forensics team carried out an investigation.

"I would like to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to this young man's family," said Navan Councillor Wayne Ford.

Shock

"The local community are in deep shock and are devastated at this tragic accident. I am calling on Meath County Council to improve safety on this stretch of road from Navan to Kingscourt. This is a very dangerous road, which has claimed many lives over the years," he said.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should contact Navan Garda Station on 04 69036100.

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