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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Last farewell to tragic truck victim Conor (4)

This is the tragic toddler who was killed by a truck just yards from his home.

Little Conor McDaid (4), who was set to start school in the coming weeks, was due to be buried today.

His heartbroken family were consoled by relatives and friends as they struggled to come to terms with their grief.

Conor, who was an only child, had just returned from a day out with his mum when the horrific accident occurred on Tuesday at approximately 5.30pm.

As his mother Mary unloaded the car, Conor hopped on his beloved bike, before being hit by a truck.

Conor's dad Paul O'Brien had been out of town working when the shocking news was delivered to him.

"The truck went right over him, the poor lad didn't have a chance," one saddened resident told the Herald. "It's only a small comfort to think that he didn't suffer, it was instant."

Emergency services rushed to the scene and Conor was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he was pronounced dead.

He was described today by a neighbour as "a loveable little lad".

"He was an absolutely adorable child. I can't believe something so tragic could happen. I can't even begin to imagine what his poor parents are going through," said one neighbour.

The driver of the truck also lives in the estate and has children of his own. "I hear he is in total shock the poor man. It was just a tragedy," said one resident.

Local priest Fr Laurence Caraher arrived to the family home after the tragedy.

"The family only moved into the area a couple of months ago," he said. "The whole community is heartbroken about the loss of such a lovely little boy. It is terribly tragic."



Candles

The shrine to Conor is decorated with flowers, toys, lollipops and a small Liverpool jersey. Last night it was lit by a row of four small blue candles, with a white one in the middle.

Conor's remains were kept at his family home yesterday before they were due to be taken to St Mary's Church, James Street, Drogheda today.

Burial will take place afterwards in Calvary Cemetery.

The garda technical bureau cordoned off the scene for forensic examination.

Witnesses have been asked to contact gardai in Drogheda on 041 9874200 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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