Gardaí seek witnesses to crash after which girl (3) died

Girl’s twin brother suffers minor injuries in crash on the M20 on Saturday evening

The scene of the crash in Co Limerick in which a three-year-old girl was killed. Phiotograph: Press 22

The scene of the crash in Co Limerick in which a three-year-old girl was killed. Phiotograph: Press 22

 

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after the death of a three-year-old girl in a road crash in Co Limerick.

The girl, named locally as Kellycia Nudiri, died after her family’s car left the motorway between Adare and Patrickswell in Co Limerick at around 4.45pm.

The girl’s twin brother and her parents, who were also travelling in the car, were not seriously injured.

The family, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, had been living in Limerick city but they had recently moved to Abbeyfeale, which is close to the Limerick/Kerry border.

The family’s car is understood to have swerved to try to avoid another car after it mounted the motorway’s central reservation barrier. Their vehicle “barrel rolled” a number of times before coming to a rest on its roof.

Emergency service first responders attempted to save the girl’s life but she was pronounced dead later at University Hospital Limerick.

Three men who were travelling in the other car were taken to hospital but were not seriously injured.

Members of the wider Congolese community in Limerick have been providing support to the family.

Members of the Congolese community have travelled to Limerick to offer their support to the family, who were brought to University Hospital Limerick following the crash.

Abbeyfeale Sinn Féin councillor Seamus Browne said the death of the girl was a “terrible tragedy”.

Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who lives close to the scene of the crash in Patrickswell, said there had been a number of fatalities on the stretch of the motorway in question over the years and that he would be asking the National Roads Authority to review the stretch.

“I want to express my sympathies with the family and those injured in the crash,” Mr Collins added.

Gardaí at Roxboro Road in Limerick have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 061-214340.