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Tributes to Joseph (13) as family prepare for a heartbreaking farewell

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Joseph Anderson died in the crash early on Wednesday

Joseph Anderson died in the crash early on Wednesday

Joseph Anderson died in the crash early on Wednesday

The funeral for a 13-year-old boy killed in a car crash in Co Westmeath in the early hours of Wednesday morning is due to take place in his native Delvin tomorrow.

Joseph Anderson was with four other teenage boys in the Hyundai car that left the road and crashed into a tree on a road between Delvin and Athboy.

One other boy remains in a critical condition in Mullingar Regional Hospital, while the three others escaped without serious injury.

One line of investigation is that one of the boys took one of their parent's cars without permission and went driving.

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A garda vehicle had indicated the car driver to stop on a road at Delvin at around 2.15am on Wednesday but the car drove away.

The patrol then followed the direction of the car and came across the crash scene.

Gardai and the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission are investigating.

Joseph was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

His funeral notice says he was from the Scurlogstown area of Delvin, Co Westmeath.

He is predeceased by his grandfathers William Anderson and Patrick O'Reilly and his uncle John.

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The crashed Hyundai is removed

The crashed Hyundai is removed

The crashed Hyundai is removed

He was the son of William and Fiona and a brother to William Jnr.

"Joseph will be sadly missed by his heartbroken parents and brother, his grandmothers Rosaleen Anderson and Mary O'Reilly, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and his many friends," the notice says.

In compliance with current guidelines, Joseph's funeral mass will be for immediate family only and will take place on Saturday at 11am at the Church of the Assumption, Delvin.

The service will be streamed online.

GAA club St Paul's in Clonmellon also paid tribute.

"It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic accident that occurred and the subsequent death of young Joseph Anderson," the GAA club said.

"Joseph was one of our Juvenile footballers here at St Paul's and last year played at centre back or sometimes midfield on our U12 team.

"All who knew him at the club, including team-mates and coaches, will miss him dearly, as will the club in general, and news of his passing came as great sadness to us all."

Joseph was a pupil at Clonmellon primary school until it was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and had been due to begin his secondary education at Athboy Community College in September.

All the boys in the car, aged between 13 and 16, were friends from the Delvin-Athboy area.

Because the car had an interaction with gardai, the matter was referred to An Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), which is also carrying out an investigation into the fatal crash.