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Road horror Teenager killed in Kerry car crash from well-known local family

Communities in shock after two lives lost and one boy badly injured in separate tragedies in 24 hours

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Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

The young teenager killed in the horror road smash in the early hours of this morning is from a family who are well-known in the local area, it has emerged. 

The 14-year-old driver of the car who died is believed to be the youngest of four children in a respected family from the Gap of Dunloe area, who are relatives of the Healy-Raes.

His young passenger, who is believed from nearby Beaufort and is also 14, is in a critical condition in hospital.

Communities living near the scene of the accident on the Ross Road outside Killarney are said to be stunned by the tragedy which occurred just hours after a motorcyclist was critically injured in a separate incident at Listry Bridge on the R563 between Killarney and Milltown.

The motorcyclist later died in hospital.

A minute’s silence was held at the start of the Killarney Municipal District Council meeting on Wednesday and the mayor of Killarney Cllr Marie Moloney ( Labour) expressed her shock and sympathy.

She said the council’s thoughts and prayers were with both families .

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the elected councillors in the Municipal District, I express our solidarity with all those affected by both of these dreadful tragedies,” Cllr Moloney said.

People flocked to social media to pay their respects and offer condolences.

“Condolences to all the families involved in both fatal incidences. Nobody ever knows what the day ahead will bring. Tragedy can knock on any door,” one person wrote.

“Another added: “God give both families strength at this time. Hearing of any persons in a vehicle accident is awful.... but so young... I want to cry for both families .. my heart goes out to both families.”

One heartfelt tribute reads: “RIP to both people who died overnight in the separate accidents. Hope the other person who is injured makes a full recovery. Very sad. And to guards who dealt with both these tragic accidents, hope they are doing OK. Not nice situations for them either.”

Another adds: “Heart breaking news for three families this morning ..may the two people who lost their lives rest in peace... and please god the young boy in hospital makes a full recovery."

The motorcyclist was rushed to Kerry University Hospital where he died shortly after the crash that occurred at 8pm.

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The scene on the Ross Road in Killarney

The scene on the Ross Road in Killarney

The scene on the Ross Road in Killarney

The occupant of a car that was involved in the collision was treated for shock at the scene but avoided serious injury.

Meanwhile, the teen injured in the crash on the Ross Road remains in critical condition in Kerry University Hospital.

Gardai have said that as the vehicle was "subject to interaction" with officers before the crash, the matter has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman.

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Jaunting cars exit Killarney National Park as Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

Jaunting cars exit Killarney National Park as Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

Jaunting cars exit Killarney National Park as Gardai seal off the main road to Ross Road, Killarney following an overnight car crash near Ross Castle which claimed the life of a teenager.

Local councillor, Brendan Cronin, described both incidents as “terrible tragedies”.

“Our hearts and thoughts, our prayers and sympathies go to the families of the bereaved,” he said.

“There have been two accidents now, one in Listry which is alongside where I live, where a motorcyclist was badly injured and later died, and the other terrible tragedy down on the Ross Road where a young man lost his life.

“There are two families in mourning and I offer my sincere sympathies to the families concerned.

“It’s shocking,” he added, “two communities have been put into terrible turmoil this morning. And there's a young boy in a very serious condition in hospital and we hope and pray that he will recover from his injuries."

Cllr Cronin said there had not been a similar scale of tragedy in the area in many years.

“There has been nothing recently in terms of serious accident like these, two in 24 hours,” he said. “These roads would not be known as black spots although of course there are sections where accidents can happen. But there have been no recent fatalities on the R563 at that location or adjacent to it.

“And on the Ross Road, maybe 20 years ago was a fatality but nothing serious has happened there in the last 10 years.”

Gardai said the scene remains closed this morning to allow for a technical examination.

They are also appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Killarney on 064 6671160 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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