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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Horror as girl (7) dies after being pinned to a gate by rolling car

Gardai at the scene in Drogheda where the little girl was pinned to a gate by a car
Gardai at the scene in Drogheda where the little girl was pinned to a gate by a car

A girl of seven was fatally injured after she was pinned to a gate during a freak car accident in a residential driveway yesterday.

Gardai last night confirmed the child died following the incident at the Boyle O'Reilly Terrace housing estate, across the road from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

A number of garda forensic investigators remained at the house last night, taking photos of the accident scene.

A black Ford Focus with the driver's side window smashed was parked in the driveway.

Evidence markers were placed on the drive, where shattered glass lay scattered on the ground.

The house and a neighbouring one were cordoned off during the investigation. It is understood a neighbour next door to the house witnessed the tragedy and was deeply shocked.

According to a neighbour, who did not want to be identified, a number of children were playing near the parked car with its doors open.

Screaming

The little girl, who was standing behind the car, was pinned against a brick gateway at the entrance to the driveway when the car suddenly rolled back, it is believed.

"The [car] doors were open and must have hit the girl," said the neighbour.

"I heard someone screaming and saw someone [walking past] jump over the wall," he said. I knew something was happening."

He said he saw a man, believed to be a relative of the girl, scoop the girl up in his arms and take her in the house before putting her into a car.

Am ambulance arrived in just over a minute from the nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to neighbours, the little girl did not live at the house but may have been visiting relatives.

The family had just recently moved into the rented house and were not known by local residents.

"Gardai are investigating an incident which occurred in the driveway of a house in Boyle O'Reilly Terrace at approximately 2.30pm," gardai said.

"Initial investigations indicate that a seven-year-old female was fatally injured in what appears to be a tragic accident involving a car.

"The local coroner has been notified. Investigations are ongoing."

Another neighbour who lives in the same road said she was gardening at the back of the house when the accident happened.

"What a tragic, tragic end to a Sunday," she told the Herald.

Distressing

"I was in the garden and we came out to go to the shop and we heard about the tragedy.

"I'm a mother of three and have three grandchildren myself. It's so sad and it was just the start of the summer holidays", she said.

Other neighbours were equally shocked when they heard the news.

A father-of-one who lives across the road said it was very distressing for people living in the quiet residential street.

"It's awful," he said.

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