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Saturday 24 August 2019

Man (50) due to be charged over crash death of pedestrian

Gerard Whyte was comforted by a bus driver after he was hit
Gerard Whyte was comforted by a bus driver after he was hit

A man has been charged over an incident in which a young pedestrian was killed.

Gerard Whyte (21), from Ballymun, died after an incident involving a lorry.

The tragedy happened in Whitehall at the Collins Avenue junction in the early hours of Friday.

The accused, who is 50, is expected to appear before a sitting of Dublin District Court this morning.

Gardai previously said the HGV articulated unit had been recovered.

They also said a family liaison offer had been appointed to help Mr Whyte's grieving family.

The vehicle is reported to have been travelling from Whitehall in the direction of Donnycarney in the northside of the city.

Vigil

Mr Whyte was believed to have been crossing the Collins Avenue junction at Whitehall when the incident occurred.

The Herald revealed on Saturday that a heroic bus driver, who witnessed events unfold, jumped from his vehicle to maintain a vigil at Mr Whyte's side.

According to sources close to the driver, he leapt out of his bus and raced over to Mr Whyte.

He comforted him as he lay critically injured until the arrival of the emergency services a few minutes later.

A neighbour of Mr Whyte said on Friday afternoon he had been "extremely shocked" to hear about the young man's death.

"I only found out what happened after I came home from town today," he told the Herald.

"Although I didn't hang around with him I would have known Gerard from the area.

"I was just so surprised and extremely shocked when I found out he died last night," the neighbour added.

The Dublin City councillor for Artane-Whitehall, Patricia Roe, has previously described the loss of the young man as "absolutely horrific".

"It's shocking and we're very upset for him and his family," she said.

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family," she said.

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