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tragic death Child driver (12) killed in Limerick crash may have taken family car as parents slept

Gardai are working on the theory that the boy had taken the Nissan Qashqai from his family home earlier in the night

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The Incident happened on the M20 and M21 at  Junction 5  near  the Adare Roundabout. Picture Brendan Gleeson

The Incident happened on the M20 and M21 at Junction 5 near the Adare Roundabout. Picture Brendan Gleeson

The Incident happened on the M20 and M21 at Junction 5 near the Adare Roundabout. Picture Brendan Gleeson

The 12-year-old boy who was killed in a horrific road crash in the early hours of this morning was driving a car owned by his family.

He was killed after the car he was driving was in a head-on collision with a truck.

Gardai are working on the theory that the boy had taken the Nissan Qashqai from his family home earlier in the night while his parents slept.

The family live in the Newcastlewest area of Co Limerick.

Gardai are investigating if the boy took the vehicle for “a spin” and was driving home on the N21 at at Rineroe near Adare when the accident happened.

It is understood that the boy’s family are originally from Poland and are described as “extremely decent people.”

Shortly before 2am this morning, gardaí and emergency Services were alerted following the crash between the car and a lorry on the N21 at Rineroe near Adare.

There was no passengers in the car.

The body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick. The coroner has been notified.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s, did not require hospital treatment.

A garda spokesman has appealed for any witnesses to make contact with them.

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"Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the N21 near Adare area at the time of the collision are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

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

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