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Saturday 19 August 2017

Tears as crash victim Diana's bucket list revealed at funeral

The remains of Diana Harton, 42, from Claregate Court, Co Kildare, who was killed in a crash after a car involved in a Garda pursuit smashed into her vehicle on the M7 at Kildare last week are taken from the Church of The Sacred Heart, Killinarden after her funeral yesterday. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The remains of Diana Harton, 42, from Claregate Court, Co Kildare, who was killed in a crash after a car involved in a Garda pursuit smashed into her vehicle on the M7 at Kildare last week are taken from the Church of The Sacred Heart, Killinarden after her funeral yesterday. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

THE sisters of a childminder who died when her car was struck by another involved in a high-speed chase with gardai have told of finding a bucket list of things she had hoped to do in her life.

Diana Harton (43) died when her Citroen car was hit on the M7 motorway in north Kildare last Thursday.

She was returning home from a shopping trip when the car was struck by another being chased by gardai.

That car, in turn, crashed, leaving several other people injured. Two major investigations are now under way into the incident.

tribute

Ms Harton was buried amid heart-rending scenes yesterday in her native Killinarden in Dublin.

Her sisters, Carol and Susan, paid a moving tribute to her, saying she never forgot a birthday, anniversary or special occasion within their tight-knit family.

"When we went to her apartment to collect some clothes, we found three lists on the wall," they revealed.

"There was a list of the weight she had lost, there was a to-do list and there was a list of all the things she had achieved in her life. Ms Harton had a passion for travel and had managed to undertake trips to the UK, Italy, Germany and India.

"She had a big smile, an even bigger heart - and she was our best friend, not just our sister," they said.

The Harton family paid a moving tribute to her at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Killinarden, with curate Fr John Finn calling for an Italian-style ovation for her life from the packed congregation.

The mourners were led by her father, William, and her siblings, Carol, Susan, William and Patrick. Her mother, Christine, died some time ago.

Ms Harton was also described as having adored her job and the chance to work with children. Fr Finn said the hallmark of her life was kindness and patience - ideal traits for dealing with children.

The two children she cared for, Ella and Alanna, were specially included in the prayers, with their family present to show their support for the devastated Hartons.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission and gardai are investigating the tragedy. Of the five males in the 1996 Volkswagen Polo involved in the smash, the youngest was only 12. He was accompanied by three teenagers - two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old - and a 23-year-old man who was driving.

Ms Harton, originally from Tallaght but living in Kildare, had been shopping moments before she drove on to the northbound carriageway from the Kildare town slip road.

trapped

The speeding Volkswagen tried to evade gardai but smashed into the back of Ms Harton's Citroen Xsara.

Her car careered into a patrol car and the single woman died at the scene before she could be transferred to hospital. The horrific carnage unfolded at 8.45pm last Thursday.

Fire crews worked to cut the trapped males from the wreckage, and all were subsequently hospitalised, along with two gardai who have since been released.

Several beer bottles, along with stolen power tools, were recovered from the wreckage of the Volkswagen.

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