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'So sad' Crowds gathers to remember Wiktor Chojecki (12) who died in Limerick crash

He was a lovely chap, a lovely little chap, even my youngest daughter said that whenever he talked to her he was kind"

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Flowers at the crash site where Wiktor Chojecki (12) died outside Adare.

Flowers at the crash site where Wiktor Chojecki (12) died outside Adare.

Flowers at the crash site where Wiktor Chojecki (12) died outside Adare.

Hundreds of people have attended a vigil held in memory of a 12-year old boy who died while driving a car that collided with a lorry.

Wiktor Chojecki, from Newcastle West, Co Limerick, died in the impact at Rineroe, situated just outside Adare village, at around 2am last Friday.

The circumstances which led to the boy being behind the wheel of his family’s Nissan Qashqai, as well as the route he travelled, and the moments prior to the fatal collision, remain under investigation by gardaí.

Dozens of brightly coloured balloons were released in unison into the sky as around 300 people gathered at the town square in Newcastle West this afternoon for the vigil.

Among the crowd were a number of young people who hugged and comforted each other as they remembered their classmate and friend.

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The vigil in Newcastle West in memory of Wiktor Chojecki (12). Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

The vigil in Newcastle West in memory of Wiktor Chojecki (12). Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

The vigil in Newcastle West in memory of Wiktor Chojecki (12). Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Local parent, Jennifer McGroarty, whose daughter was one of Wiktor’s classmates, said everyone in the town was “so sad”.

“My daughter would have been friends with Wiktor since the beginning of primary school, so we are all just absolutely shocked. We can’t believe it,” she said.

“I think it is nice that he has a good turnout here today, and you think if it can happen to his family then it can happen to any of us. They are such lovely people, nice, hard-working people, and that’s why we are all in such shock.

“Some people might not have known Wiktor, but again, the Polish community is a massive community here, so we all know someone that will know the family, and there is just a sadness, a heaviness among everyone, with a lump in our throats and in the pit of our stomach.

“He was a lovely chap, a lovely little chap, even my youngest daughter said that whenever he talked to her he was kind.

“The family are well known in town, very popular, and we are supporting his family, we just have to do the best to be here for them if they need it.”

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Eileen Little, whose daughter was also one of Wiktor’s classmates, said: “We are shocked, it’s so sad, I think everybody has the same sentiment really, and that’s why everyone has shown up today in support of Wiktor’s mam and dad and his sister and all his family and friends.”

Joe Aherne, from the nearby village of Athea, said he attended the vigil to “show solidarity with the family”.

Becoming emotional, Mr Aherne (76) said: “It’s a sad occasion, it could happen to anybody, unfortunately a young child has died, and I have children and grandchildren, so it hits the spot.

“The community is devastated, I don't know the family but, it is tough,” Mr Aherne said.

Wiktor’s funeral takes place on Thursday in Newcastle West.

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