THE young Dublin man who was killed in a horrific car crash was the devoted father of a young daughter.
Tom Carroll (21) was travelling in a car with four young friends when it collided with a tree beside the N81 at Brittas, Co Dublin.
The car somersaulted with the force of the impact.
Mr Carroll, who was a passenger in the Skoda Octavia, died at the scene.
His four male friends, aged 19, 20, 21 and 22, were injured in the accident and taken in a fleet of ambulances to Tallaght Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital.
Gardai said their injuries were not life-threatening. The crash happened at 2.40am on Thursday.
Mr Carroll lived in Kilmartin Avenue, Fettercairn, Tallaght, with his partner Mairead and their young daughter Kayla.
His home was close to his parents, Francis and Nicola, who live in an adjoining road.
Last night, friends said Mr Carroll was a devoted father whose death had shocked the local community.
Fr Patrick McKinley, moderator of the local parish, said the victim’s loved ones were “stunned, devastated and heartbroken” by the tragedy.
He said Mr Carroll’s funeral will take place at the Church of the Incarnation in Fettercairn on Tuesday.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them in Tallaght on 01-666 6000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Meanwhile, gardai are investigating a crash yesterday in Co Cork in which a man was killed.
The man, aged in his late 50s, was alone in his van when it crashed into a tree beside the N72 Mallow to Killarney Road at Dysert Bridge, Dromagh. The crash happened at 10am.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem will be held today at Cork University Hospital.
Separately, a 26-year-old man is fighting for his life in Beaumont Hospital.
A crash at the junction of the Malahide Road and Clontarf Road at 2am on Thursday claimed the life of one of his passengers, 43-year-old Sinead Maguire, of Bayview Avenue, North Strand, Dublin.
Another passenger, a 20-year-old man, was in serious but stable condition in St James’s Hospital yesterday.
The crash is being investigated by the Garda Ombudsman Commission because the car was being pursued at a distance by a garda vehicle at the time.