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missed Friend of Wiktor Chojecki (12) killed in Limerick crash says pals left with 'no answers'

'No-one can understand this… he was a careful boy'

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Wiktor's friend Milena with her parents at the scene just outside Adare, Co Limerick where a 12-year-old boy was killed in a head on collision. Pic Gary Ashe.12/2/2022

Wiktor's friend Milena with her parents at the scene just outside Adare, Co Limerick where a 12-year-old boy was killed in a head on collision. Pic Gary Ashe.12/2/2022

Wiktor's friend Milena with her parents at the scene just outside Adare, Co Limerick where a 12-year-old boy was killed in a head on collision. Pic Gary Ashe.12/2/2022

A HEARTBROKEN friend of 12-year-old Wiktor Chojecki yesterday said his friends have been devastated and left "with no answers" following his death in a collision early on Friday.

Lifelong friend Milena, who spoke to the Sunday World in the company of her parents as they laid flowers at the crash scene, said: "Nobody can understand this … he was a careful boy."

"He was a really nice boy and I'm just really going to miss him.

"I just don't get what happened to him. He was a careful boy … he wasn't a reckless boy - he thought about things before he did them."

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Wiktor Chojecki

Wiktor Chojecki

Wiktor Chojecki

Gardai investigating the fatal crash believe Wiktor took his parents' Nissan Qashqai, as they slept, from outside their home in the Wingfield Orchard estate in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, around 1.30am on Friday.

The boy then drove the vehicle from the estate through Adare and onto the N21 before colliding head-on with a truck at Rineroe on the Limerick side of the town.

A crucial aspect of the investigation is to determine what prompted the first-year student at Scoil Mhuire agus Ide to take the vehicle in the first place.

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People pay tributes to Wiktor yesterday. Pic Gary Ashe.

People pay tributes to Wiktor yesterday. Pic Gary Ashe.

People pay tributes to Wiktor yesterday. Pic Gary Ashe.

A trawl of his mobile device and social media accounts will be carried out to determine if content on social media played a role in his actions.

Wiktor's death is the second tragedy to have rocked his family in the last three months.

Mum Ewa's brother, Wiktor's uncle, passed away in Newcastle West in November.

Friends of Ewa and Wiktor's father Bartosz yesterday described the couple as a 'hard-working' and 'extremely well-liked' couple who worked hard 'to give Wiktor and his younger sister every chance in life'.

"I knew Wiktor from when he was a baby," one friend and member of the Polish community in Newcastle West told the Sunday World.

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"Ewa is the most loving mother Wiktor and his sister could have asked for.

"And the kids were doing so good. Wiktor is a year older than his sister and had only just started in Scoil Ide.

"I can't describe how heartbroken everyone in the Polish community is for them.

"It's horrific to think of the Gardaí coming to their door in the middle of the night to tell them their son was dead.

"They were asleep … they wouldn't even have known he'd left the house.

"And people are thinking of the poor driver of the truck as well.

"His life has been shattered by this also. He too is in our prayers."

As the Polish and Irish communityies attempt to come to terms with Friday's horrific collision, a vigil will be held at The Square, Newcastle West, at 3pm today.

Those attending are asked to 'bring a balloon or two' as they aim to 'brighten up the sky for Wiktor'.

"As a member of the Polish community in Newcastle West it saddens me to say that one of our good friends has lost their son in a car accident," family friend and organiser Dominika Hogan said.

The funeral of Wiktor, who was due to celebrate his 13th birthday in the coming weeks, is due to take place on Thursday.

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Pic: Gary Ashe

Pic: Gary Ashe

Pic: Gary Ashe

His funeral mass will be held in Newcastle West Church at 11.30am followed by burial in nearby Calvary Cemetery.

Wiktor's school principal Seán Lane said on Friday there was a deep sense of "sorrow and sadness" right across the school community in Scoil Mhuire, especially among his classmates in First Year.

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The scene of a crash on the Limerick side of Adare Pic: Liam Burke/Press 22

The scene of a crash on the Limerick side of Adare Pic: Liam Burke/Press 22

The scene of a crash on the Limerick side of Adare Pic: Liam Burke/Press 22

"It's very shocking, we had to break the news to the students this morning," said Mr Lane.

"Our teachers had to be briefed and then they went on to break the news to the students. It was very shocking for students.

"It's a huge loss to us all and we want to send our condolences to the family and we offer them any support the school can provide in these difficult times."

Pat O'Sullivan, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland in Limerick, said he would be attending Sunday's vigil and that he would offer any assistance he could to the boy's family.

Monsignor Daniel Neenan, who attended the scene to bless the Wiktor's body in the aftermath of the crash said he found the scene "very harrowing" as he tried to comfort his parents, Ewa and Bartosz.

"I got a call around 4am to say that there was a fatal accident on the outskirts of Adare and could I attend," Msgr Neenan said.

"Of course, I went straight away, and when I arrived they warned me that the person was very young.

"I anointed him and said some prayers over him. He's just a child."

"It was obviously terribly harrowing for everybody. The guards and emergency responders are accustomed to something like this, but they were all just in shock," he said.

"There was such terrible sadness around the place.

"At the end, that young mother who had just lost her son, before she left, she went around and personally thanked people for their kindness. I was deeply, deeply touched by that."

"To see a man and woman arrive and have to face the body of their dead 12-year-old son, it was harrowing," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastle West Garda Station 069 20650, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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