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Mother 'inconsolable' after ex-partner kills son in murder-suicide lorry crash

By Luke Byrne

Published 21/07/2016

Jodie Power's son Alex (3)
Jodie Power's son Alex (3)
Jodie Power

The mother of a young boy killed in a murder-suicide road crash in Limerick is said to be inconsolable in hospital.

Jodie Power (26) was stabbed during a violent domestic incident with her former partner, Marco Velocci, on Tuesday.

Velocci (28) then fled her home with their young son, Alex (3), and drove deliberately at a truck on the N24 between Pallasgreen and Oola in Co Limerick just after 8.30am. The pair were killed instantly.

Witnesses described seeing the lorry veering into the path of an oncoming articulated truck and smashing head-on into the heavy goods vehicle. The driver of the lorry, who escaped serious injury, was said to be left severely traumatised.

Gardai have not yet interviewed Jodie Power, who underwent surgery for a broken arm and is in a stable condition at University Hospital Limerick.

Sources said she was "inconsolable" as she tried to come to terms with the death of her beloved son.

Ms Power, from Oola, has another son, aged 18 months, from a separate relationship. The infant is being cared for by his father at his home in Tipperary.

Her parents, Elizabeth and Perry, also from Oola, and two brothers, James and Perry Jnr, were being comforted by family and friends last night.

The truck driver involved in the horrific crash did everything he could to avoid the collision, according to deputy mayor of the city and county of Limerick Noel Gleeson.

"I feel sorry for the lorry driver," the Fianna Fail councillor said. "As I understand it, he did his best to avoid the crash."

Mr Gleeson added that both Jodie Power and her former partner were well-known in the area and that both came from respected families.

The pair were partners for many years, but had recently separated.

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