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Monday 24 July 2017

Tributes to tragic crash teenagers who 'were just starting out in life'

Nathan Fullerton, Jimmy McKenna, Ronan Boyd and Nathan Farrell
Nathan Fullerton, Jimmy McKenna, Ronan Boyd and Nathan Farrell

The families of two teenagers who died in a traffic collision at the weekend are said to be "absolutely distraught".

Shocked friends and loved ones have paid tribute to the two young men from Buncrana in Donegal who were travelling home from a night out with three other pals.

The bodies of the friends, Nathan Fullerton (17) and Nathan Farrell (18), arrived back home yesterday evening and they will be buried at St Mary's, Cockhill, in Buncrana, later this week.

Distraught

They were killed when their vehicle collided with a wall between Quigley's Point and Whitecastle on the R238 at 3.35am on Saturday.

One teen was pronounced dead at the scene while the second was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he died.

Mr Fullerton was believed to have been leaving for a job in Scotland today and was returning from a night out at the Bailey nightclub in Redcastle.

Three other young men, Jimmy McKenna, Ronan Boyd and a third friend, were also in the car at the time but are said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

"I've been talking to some of the family members and they're absolutely distraught; they're in shock, disbelief," said Councillor Rena Donaghey.

"They went out to go to a disco but they never came home.

"They were all very young, they were all under 20, they had everything to live for. They were just starting out in life, really. One of them was starting a job in Scotland on Monday.

"My thoughts are with the ones who are in hospital as well.

"We just hope that they have a speedy recovery and get back to full health again."

Witnesses

Very Rev Francis Bradley reported that there was a "stunned silence" at the news of the accident, adding that people were shocked at the loss of life.

"Unfortunately this isn't a set of circumstances that we're unfamiliar with, we are all too familiar with it," he said.

"But nevertheless it's different people and different families and for that reason it is a fresh tide of grief."

Gardai are appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone close to the scene between 3am and 3.40am on Saturday.

They are asked to call Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540, the confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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