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Friday 15 December 2017

Tears for 'lovable' teen Dane knocked down by van yards from his home

A floral tribute to Dane Loakman who died on Tuesday. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin
A floral tribute to Dane Loakman who died on Tuesday. Photo: Colin Keegan / Collins Dublin

A teenager who was knocked down and killed outside his home on Monday has been remembered as a handsome young man who always had a smile on his face.

Dane Loakman (16) was crossing the main Clane Road in Sallins, Co Kildare, to catch a bus at 7.45am when he was hit by a van being driven towards Clane.

His mother Alison looked on from the front door of their home and witnessed the tragic event.

Dane, from the Castlefen estate, Sallins, suffered devastating injuries and was rushed to Naas General Hospital. He was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

But his injuries were too serious and he died on Tuesday evening.

His funeral Mass yesterday, at the Church of Our Lady and the Guardian Angels, in Sallins, was overflowing as family, friends, and neighbours came to pay their respects. They were joined by schoolmates from Pipers Hill in Naas and the local Youthreach organisation.

Dane is survived by his mother Alison and older brother Codey, and a large extended family.

Heartache

Dane Loakman
Dane Loakman

"When tragedy struck on Monday morning, and Dane struggled to hold on to life, his mother was there by his side at that terrible moment of deep heartache," said Fr Liam Morgan.

"Alison witnessed what no mother should ever have to see - an accident involving her son, her child, who she has loved with every fibre of her being," he added.

Symbols brought to the altar to represent Dane's life included his mobile phone, an Xbox controller and photographs of Dane with his family.

"It is very hard to comprehend what happened.

"If only we could turn back time, but sadly that is not possible," said Fr Morgan.

"For Alison, I've no doubt that her life was summed up in her two boys.

"Dane had grown into a fine handsome young man, a chap that proudly had no sense of fear, was liable to try anything, say anything, lovable in every way, adventurous.

"It is so painful to lose a son, a child, and for Codey to lose a brother, a buddy," he added.

Prayers were also said for the emergency services and medical staff at Naas General Hospital and Beaumont Hospital who tried to save Dane's life.

A relative thanked all the community, clubs, associations and businesses in Sallins for their help.

"We would also like to mention Dane and Codey's young friends, school colleagues, teenagers and young people from the Sallins area and beyond," they said.

Community

"The love and support you have shown for Dane has not just touched the family, but everyone in the community.

"You are a credit to your families, your community, but most importantly to yourselves. Look out for each other at this difficult time."

The local football team formed a guard of honour and the large number of mourners who could not get into the church listened to proceedings on loudspeakers in the car park.

After the Mass, Dane's remains were brought to Bodenstown cemetery for burial.

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