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family's heartbreak Steve Wall opens up about the loss of his niece Estlin (3) after tragic car crash


STEVE Wall has told of how his family are still coming to terms with the tragic death of his three-year-old niece Estlin after a car crash in 2017.

The horrific incident, in which a truck driver was later convicted of careless driving, has also left Estlin's dad, Steve's brother Vincent, with life-changing injuries.

However, Steve says Vincent and his American-born wife Amy have now been blessed with a daughter, Lucy, who was born in May. The couple also have a son, Mannix, who will be four this Christmas.

"Vincent and Amy have now got their hands full with Lucy, it's been a really positive thing for them and a great distraction," he said.

However, Steve reveals that Vincent now has to live with the damage caused to his body.

"He still has issues that are invisible to the eye, things that he has going on, little tremors and issues with his peripheral vision," Steve says. "The crash left him with pretty bad tinnitus as well, which he hadn't had beforehand."

In May, the DPP appealed against the sentence imposed on truck driver Senan O'Flaherty (63) for careless driving causing the death of Estlin Wall and serious bodily harm to her father, Vincent.

In April at Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys imposed a €750 fine on O'Flaherty, of Lower Gowerhass, Cooraclare, for the careless driving causing death of Estlin Wall, and a €750 fine for careless driving causing serious bodily harm to Vincent Wall on March 15, 2017. He also imposed a mandatory four-year driving ban.

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