Monday 18 December 2017

'We'll all miss his smile' - shock as Lee (13) is victim of hit-and-run driver

Lee Henry died after he was struck by a car in Coolock
Lee Henry died after he was struck by a car in Coolock
Flowers at the scene of the accident involving Lee

A suspected hit-and-run driver abandoned his car 2km from where he hit a teenage boy leaving him to die on the side of the road.

The man in his mid 20s was arrested in Finglas three hours after the crash which killed Lee Henry (13) from Darndale.

The suspect was released without charge late last night. Friends of tragic victim Lee described him as "intelligent, caring and kind".

The teen had been crossing the R139 near the Belcamp House entrance in Clonshaugh with friends when he was struck at 9.35pm by a black Volkswagen Golf which failed to remain at the scene.


Emergency services were alerted and Lee was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital but died a short while later.

The car was found by gardai shortly after the incident at Templeview Copse, Clarehall.

Meanwhile Elrich Caputo, an 11-year-old boy knocked down by a truck, has died following a week-long battle to save his life.

Elrich was on his way to play a football match in Navan, Co Meath, when he was struck by a vehicle at around 9.50am, on October 16.

He was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital in a critical condition and later transferred to Temple Street Hospital, where he passed away last night.

The driver of the truck, a man in his mid 30s, was uninjured. Gardai said last night they were continuing to investigate.

Yesterday, dozens of friends of Lee Henry gathered to pay tribute to a boy who had a bright future and was described as a true gentleman.

Classmates and friends of the boy from Primrose Grove, came together at his secondary school, Donahies Community School, where he was studying in second year.

They then stood together at the scene of the incident, where several bouquets of flowers were placed in tribute. Among them were many notes from close friends, one of which said: "I will remember and cherish our laughs together. The world will have a little less laughter without you.

"I will remember you as the happy, funny young gent you were."

Parish priest Fr Leo Philomin, who knew Lee since his confirmation, told the Herald that Lee stood out as someone who was destined for success when he grew up.

"When you look around at lads in the community, he would be one of the ones that to be very proud of," Fr Philomin said.

"He would have been well known in the community, an intelligent and courteous lad - a gentleman.

"He would always have a smile on him, I was only talking to him the other day and he was telling me about school.

"He loved learning, he was with me at confirmation and he was very studious.

"He was a confident young man, he was in the plays that we had, he loved acting, so it's just so tragic, I can't believe it myself."

A close friend of the family said she met the child's grandfather the morning after the incident and said the whole family is devastated.

"He was a lovely, lovely child. I can't believe it, I actually can't. It took me a while to realise who it was," she said.

"It is just horrendous - he was one of the good guys.

"Everybody is feeling it, the whole congregation at mass. The whole area is in shock, it is just so sad," she added.

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