Saturday 20 January 2018

Parents' heartbroken as 3-year-old twin girl killed in motorway crash

The scene of the fatal crash between Adare and Patrickswell Photo: Photo Press 22
The scene of the fatal crash between Adare and Patrickswell Photo: Photo Press 22

A mum and dad have been left devastated after their three-year-old daughter died in a horrific crash over the weekend.

The little girl, named locally as Kellycia Nudiri, suffered major head injuries when she was thrown from the family's car in an accident on the M20 in Limerick on Saturday evening.

The girl's twin brother and her parents were also in the car, but they were not seriously injured.

The car is understood to have swerved while travelling along the motorway between Adare and Patrickswell at around 4.45pm on Saturday. It's believed it had tried to avoid another car that mounted the motorway's central reservation barrier. The little girl was thrown from the car.

Emergency responders performed CPR on the girl, but she was later pronounced dead at University Hospital Limerick.


The three men in the other car were also taken to hospital but were not injured.

The girl's family are believed to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but had been living in Limerick city.

They had recently moved to Abbeyfeale, close to the Limerick-Kerry border. A friend of the Congolese family said: "It's very sad. They are a quiet and respectful family.

"They could not find accommodation in Limerick city so they moved to Abbeyfeale about six or seven months ago."

Members of the wider Congo community here have been supporting the family, with many travelling to Limerick to rally around the family.

Meanwhile, locals are still reeling from the shock since the news broke on Saturday night.

Fianna Fail justice spokesman Niall Collins lives close to the scene of the crash in Patrickswell. "There has been a number of fatalities on this stretch of the motorway over the years," he said.

"Given the weekend's events, I'll be asking the National Roads Authority to review this section of motorway, with a view to carrying out a safety audit," he added, expressing his sympathies to the family.


The tragedy came a day after a 20-year-old man died when the car he was driving crashed on Friday in Carstown, Co Louth.

Jack Matthews was just 200 yards from his home when the crash occurred.

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