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Young woman (18) killed in collision named locally

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Sad: Melissa Patterson
Sad: Melissa Patterson

An 18-year-old girl who was killed after being involved in a collision yesterday has been named.

Melissa Patterson (18) was rushed to hospital after being involved in a collision with a vehicle yesterday evening in County Mayo. 

The young woman was left with serious injuries following the crash, which occurred at at Carrownurlaur, Breaffy, Castlebar at approximately 5.20pm.

Emergency services were called and she was rushed to taken to Mayo General Hospital where her condition was described as serious.

However, Gardai confirmed the young woman last night passed away at the hospital at approximately 11.30pm. 

The 83-year-old driver of the vehicle and a male passenger were also taken to hospital as a precaution. 

The road was closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination but has since since reopened.

The teenager - who was an identical twin - was an avid athlete and played football for Castlebar Town FC. She also attended Davitt College, Castlebar. 

Anthony McDonnell, a member of the soccer club described the teenager as “one of our best” who had been with the club for over 10 years.

“We’re simply in shock, our condolences of course go to her family at this time, to her sister Belinda who was always with her.

“She was a great girl, a bright and bubbly teenager who always had a smile on her face.

“She always gave 100pc in training, and always went out of her to thank her managers after every game. Melissa will be greatly missed, and it is an awful tragedy,” Mr McDonnell said.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact Castlebar Garda station on 094 9038200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.