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Teenage boy dies in tragic Tipp accident

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A TEENAGER lost his life and his young friend remains in a serious condition in hospital after a road crash near Ballingarry in Co Tipperary.

Gardai in Borrisokane are investigating the single vehicle incident that occurred in the parish of Boston on the Ballingarry to Cloughjordan road last Tuesday (August 1) at approximately 3.45pm.

The boy, who was named as Adam Case (16), was fatally injured when the car he was a rear seat passenger crashed into a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to University Hospital Limerick.

The two other occupants, a 22 year old male and a 17 year old female, were taken to Tullamore Hospital and University Hospital Limerick. The man is said to be in a serious condition and the female occupant of the car was released with minor injuries.

The road was closed for a time to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and the Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact Nenagh Garda Station on (067) 50450, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Cllr Peter Ormond stated that the whole community of Shinrone was shocked to hear the news on Tuesday evening that a road traffic accident earlier in the day had taken a member of their community.

The councillor said he knew Adam and was often seen walking his dog along the roads. "I spoke to some of his friends on Friday last and they spoke of him with great effection and his love for the skate park in Birr and his great network of friends."

Cllr Ormond offered his sympathy to Adam's family, friends and neighbours on this tragic loss.

Adam was originally from Abbeyleix but had recently been living in Shinrone.

His funeral took place on Saturday last. He reposed at his home in Derrinclare, Shinrone on Thursday and Friday. Removal took place to St Kieran's Church of Ireland Church, Cloughjordan on Saturday for 2pm service with burial afterwards in Dunkerrin cemetery.

Adam's mother, Sharon, said that she keeps expecting her son to walk in the door. She said his death "has left a hole in our hearts that no time will heal."

She urged people to "always wear your seatbelt in memory of our baby boy."

Writing on Facebook Ms Case also thanked everyone who has supported her family during their ordeal.

She said: "We are truly humbled by the hundreds of private messages, comments, texts, phone calls and support from our family and friends.

"I knew Adam was a popular, outgoing young man.

"But no words can describe how much love I realised so many young and old people had for my baby boy."

Councillor Se n Maher said that people were shocked by the news as he extended his condolences to Adam's grieving family and friends. "It's tragic, I know his family," he said. "I'm so sorry for their loss and I'd like to sympathise with them at this awful time. It's absolutely tragic. He was just 16 and he had his whole life ahead of him. My thoughts are with them."

The death of the teenager was the second tragedy to happen on Tipperary roads within a week, after a pensioner was killed in a hit and run on Sunday July 30th.

Michael Stapleton (68), from Glengoole, Thurles, Co Tipperary, was struck by a vehicle a short distance from his house at around 10.20pm.

A man in his 40s was arrested in relation to the incident and questioned by Garda . He was later released and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

Garda were notified of the incident by a member of the public, who performed CPR on the man at the scene.

Father John O'Rourke, parish priest at Glengoole Church, described the death of the local man as "so very sad" on local radio.

"He was very well known in the area and he would have walked to and from the village very often," Fr O'Rourke said.

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