Tributes paid to young man killed just 200 yards from home

Jack Matthews (Credit Niamh Murphy)
Jack Matthews (Credit Niamh Murphy)

The young man who was killed in a late-night car crash on Friday night died just 200 yards from his home.

Jack Matthews (20 – above), who lived outside Termonfeckin in Co. Louth, sustained fatal injuries when the car he was driving crashed just before 11pm at Carstown. A second man in his late teens, who was a passenger in the car, suffered minor injuries and is recovering in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Matthews was an apprentice at Premier Periclase, a facility located in nearby Drogheda.

He was just nearing his home when the accident occurred near a hump-back bridge that crosses the main Dublin to Belfast railway line.

Tributes were paid to the young man on Facebook.

“Devastating news to say the least,” one friend wrote.

“Jack Matthews was an absolute legend... A lovely lad from the inside out.

“He loved his car and the boys, and surely was preparing to go to two of his best friends joint 21st tonight in dollys, which makes it even more sad to see how sudden things can change.

“He will be sorely missed in this world and I feel so sorry for all of his friends in Drogheda and around... as well as all the Rossin boys who he was best friends with.

“If you look at his pictures you can see how sociable and loved he was by the people from all around Meath and Louth he hung out with.. Very sad news.’

Local Fine Gael councillor Oliver Tully said it was an awful tragedy for a man so young to lose his life on the roads.

“There hasn’t been an accident near here in years,” he said. “It’s not like it is an accident black spot or anything.

“The last time there was a  tragedy like this was more than 26 years ago. It’s awful news for the community.”

The road was closed for a forensic examination. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

Jack's death was recorded as the 131st road death in Ireland this year.

The fatality comes as Gardai urge road users to make September 21 next week European Day Without A Road Death.

The initiative 'EDWARD' was launched as part of the battle to halt the 15 road deaths a month across the continent.