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The young woman is understood to have been returning from her first day on placement at a Kerry medical centre when the collision happened

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Nelia Scheeres died in a road accident on Monday August 16

Nelia Scheeres died in a road accident on Monday August 16

Nelia Scheeres died in a road accident on Monday August 16

A young medical student killed after a road collision in Co Kerry was “well-loved all over the world”, according to her death notice on RIP.ie. 

"Nelia Scheeres of Castletroy, Limerick and Ontario, Canada, who (died) tragically on August 16 was the adored daughter of Jaco and Madine and dearest sister of (her twin) Ian and Christie,” it adds.

The 24-year-old died after a collision between her car and a truck on the N69 at Pope's Cross just outside Tralee at around 1.15pm.

She was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the truck was not injured in the incident.

Nelia was in her third year at UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School when tragedy struck on Monday.

The young woman is understood to have been returning from her first day on placement at a Kerry medical centre when the collision happened.

Originally from Ontario, she was in Ireland training to be a doctor, while her sister is also a medical student at the University of Limerick.

The President of UL, Professor Kerstin Mey, paid tribute to the young woman and said her thoughts were with Ms Scheeres' family, friends and classmates.

"It is my sad duty once again this week to make you aware of the heart-breaking passing of another cherished member of our community Nelia Scheeres, from Canada who was a Year 3 BMBS student of the School of Medicine," Professor Mey said in a statement, according to the Limerick Leader.

A local newspaper in Canada said the Barrie woman who was a medical student at the University of Limerick in Ireland was killed in a car crash on August 16.

“A St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School graduate, Nelia Scheeres died at the scene after the car she was driving collided with a truck at about 1:15 p.m. Ireland time at Pope’s Cross in Kerry County,” it states.

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The report adds: “University of Limerick president Kerstin Mey offered condolences to students in an email, calling Scheeres a ‘cherished member of the community’.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nelia’s family especially to her parents Jan (Jaco) and Madine, her sister and fellow … student Christi, her brother Ian and to her extended family and friends and fellow UL students,” she said in her message.

"The mayor of Kerry, Count. Jimmy Maloney, also gave condolences, offering his 'deepest sympathies to family, friends and loved ones'.

“We will be thinking of them at this difficult time,” he said.

Her death notice on RIP.ie adds that Nelia is “sadly missed by her heartbroken family, her grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended relatives in South Africa, Holland & the US and her many school and university friends in Ireland and Canada".

“She was well loved all over the world, may Nelia rest in peace.”

A private family funeral will take place for Nelia with private cremation in Ireland.

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