Belfast Telegraph

Crash girl (7) doesn't know mum has died

By Edel O'Connell

A girl who is fighting for her life in hospital doesn't know her mother has died and will be buried tomorrow.

Seven-year-old Bronagh Flynn, from Delvin, Co Westmeath, was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin yesterday following a road traffic collision on Saturday that claimed the life of her mother.

The little girl sustained head and facial injuries in the accident and is now in an induced coma. She does not know her mother, Dolores McCormack (52), has died. Her older sister Katie (14) remarkably survived the crash uninjured save for a bruised chin. She is understood to be in a severely traumatised state.

The children's father and Ms McCormack's partner Pat Flynn, who works as a mechanic at Flynn Agricultural Equipment, is being comforted by family members after the devastating crash.

A single black ribbon that hung from the door of the empty family home last night was the only indication that a terrible tragedy had struck the household.

Mrs McCormack died instantly in the crash. The 52-year-old mum was driving home from a family holiday in Co Wexford when her car collided with another vehicle outside Mullingar.

Bronagh was moved on Sunday night from the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar to the intensive care unit at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

She has undergone surgery in the past 24 hours.

The cause of the crash, which happened at about 6pm, is not known and gardai have appealed for witnesses.

Mr Flynn had been in the car until minutes before the accident when he got out to collect his work van to get ready to return to work the next day.

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