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Irish teen Megan O'Connor bleeds to death after vodka bottle severs artery

An Irish teenager has died after falling on a glass bottle she was carrying that severed her artery
An Irish teenager has died after falling on a glass bottle she was carrying that severed her artery

By Ian Begley

An Irish teenager has died after falling on a glass bottle she was carrying that severed her artery.

The 18-year-old, named locally as Megan O'Connor, passed away in the early hours of yesterday following the fatal laceration to her groin.

Gardai are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the sudden death but are treating it as a tragic accident.

Megan, originally from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght, had been socialising with friends on Saturday night in the Dublin 12 area.

It is understood she had been carrying a bottle of vodka in her waistband along Sundrive Road when she fell shortly before 1am.

The bottle broke and she suffered serious injuries, including a severed artery, and was bleeding heavily from her wounds.

Emergency services were immediately notified and rushed to the area.

Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics were called to the scene and brought Ms O'Connor to St James' Hospital.

However, she was tragically pronounced dead shortly after 1am yesterday.

Gardai based in Sundrive Road are investigating the incident and will be preparing a file for the local coroner.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be completed tomorrow which will confirm the exact cause of death.

The scene at Sundrive Road was sealed-off yesterday to allow for an examination to be carried out of the area.

Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in online for the young woman.

At six o'clock yesterday evening friends and loved ones posted a blue love heart on Facebook in memory of Ms O'Connor.

Others wrote of their shock following the tragic accident.

"I really can't believe I'm writing this two days before Christmas," wrote one friend.

"Megan, you were literally the funniest, kind-hearted person.

"You were one of a kind... another young life taken away way too soon."

Another friend of the 18-year-old wrote that "God has gained another angel".

"To say I'm heartbroken is an understatement. I really cannot believe this.. It's the worst news to ever wake up to.

"I will never forget our memories - one of the funniest (and kind-hearted) people around.

"I hope you get the best bed in heaven bro. I love you so much forever and always."

One friend promised that Ms O'Connor will get an "amazing" send off.

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