Monday 18 February 2019

Cian (6) died of head injuries after van hit him, inquest is told

Cian Marren (6) died last year
Cian Marren (6) died last year

A six-year-old boy struck by a truck in Shankill, Co Dublin died of head injuries, an inquest has heard.

Cian Marren, of Oakdale Crescent, in Ballycullen, Dublin 24, was hit by a white van on Shanganagh Road on July 28, 2017.

Cian was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the incident. He died the following day.

Cian's parents, Liam and Lisa Marren, were commended for their "generous donation" of their beloved child's organs.


"This is a wonderful gift to the those who benefit, but it is a dreadful tragedy for you to lose your son in these circumstances," Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said.

The inquest into Cian's death was opened and adjourned before Dr Cullinane, as gardai requested a six-month pause to allow for continued investigations.

Inspector Patrick Connell, of Shankill Garda Station, said criminal proceedings were being contemplated.

"We are seeking six months as criminal investigations are ongoing," Insp Connell said.

A post-mortem conducted by pathologist Dr Emma Doyle gave the cause of death as cerebral trauma due to a road traffic accident.

Gardai had appealed for witnesses following the collision that happened near the Hazelwood estate, in Shankill, Co Dublin, on Friday, July 28, at around 4.45pm.

The van was travelling in the direction of Shankill Village.

The inquest was adjourned for further mention on August 16, 2018.

Speaking at Cian's funeral last August, his father Liam thanked the paramedics and emergency crews who had battled to save him, and the staff of Temple Children's Street Hospital.


"Your work allowed us our precious 48 hours to be with Cian, to hold him and to say our goodbyes. For this, we will be eternally grateful," he said.

"Cian was our angel and our hero. We had six fantastic years with him, filled with love, fun and an abundance of happy memories.

"Every evening when I came home from work, I was greeted with Cian running down the hall, a big jump and an embrace as he called out, 'Daddy'. I always replied, 'Buddy'.

"It was our daily ritual and something that I am already missing so, so much," Mr Marren added.

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