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Fethard teenager dies in car crash

Nineteen year-old Adam O'Donnell, who lost his life in a road traffic accident last Friday.

Nineteen year-old Adam O'Donnell, who lost his life in a road traffic accident last Friday.

As storms battered Tipperary last Friday morning, a young man lost his life in a road traffic accident while on his way to work.

Nineteen year old Adam O’Donnell died when his vehicle left the road between Fethard and Coolmore on the Killenaule Road.

Adam, a son of Sean and Sue Anne O’Donnell, died while on his way to work in Urlingford where he worked as an apprentice mechanic.

Adam, from Willow-wood Lane, Moorestown, Fethard was driving to work in his Peugeot van when the accident happened.

The 19-year-old, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The body was removed to Waterford General Hospital shortly after 8.30am for a post-mortem.

Gardai said there was no clear reason as to what caused the crash on a straight stretch of road between the main Coolmore stud farm and Fethard.

The trainee mechanic had completed the Leaving Cert in June at Fethard’s Patrician Presentation secondary school, before taking up a training course in Clonmel.

He had just started an apprenticeship at JJ Kavanagh & Sons in Urlingford.

It is believed that torrential rain and gale-force winds on the morning of the accident were a factor in the crash.

Mr O’Donnell’s parents were away for the weekend when they were informed of the tragedy.

The deceased is survived by two sisters, Rebecca and Leah.

The roadway where the fatal crash happened was closed by gardai for a number of hours afterwards and diversions were put in place, while forensic crash investigators carried out an examination of the accident scene.

Adam’s funeral mass took place on Tuesday morning at St. Michael’s Church, Clerihan and burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

The death of the teenager was the 21st fatal accident on the roads so far this year and the sixth person to die in road accidents this month.

Anyone with information on the incident has been asked to contact Clonmel garda station at 0526 177640.

 

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