Belfast Telegraph

Irish toddler killed in UK road smash

By Emma Hallett and Breda Heffernan

A two-year-old Irish boy was killed yesterday and his parents critically injured following a horrific road crash in Britain.

The family are understood to have been on holiday when they were involved in the high-speed head-on collision in Torquay in Devon yesterday afternoon.

Police in Britain were last night trying to trace their next of kin in southern Ireland to break the news of the tragedy.

The driver of the second car, a Polish man in his 20s who lived in Torquay, was arrested before being taken to hospital, where he later died.

Police said he was driving a black Vauxhall Vectra which appeared to have swerved into the path of the oncoming car in which the Irish family were travelling.

The crash happened at around 2.45pm between Gallows Gate and Kerswell Gardens, close to Torquay.

The Irish woman and her toddler son were airlifted to hospital in nearby Torbay while the father was transferred by ambulance to Derriford Hospital.

The boy later died from his injuries while his parents suffered life-threatening injuries and were last night said to be in a critical condition.

Paul Netherton, assistant chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, described the incident as "extremely traumatic".

Mr Netherton said: "This was an extremely traumatic incident where emergency services were working on the family at the scene and subsequently in ambulances and at the hospital.

"We are trying to identify their next of kin in southern Ireland to inform them."

Meanwhile, the woman who died in a head-on crash on the Dunmanway to Bantry road on Thursday evening was yesterday named as Sr Mairead Murphy (80), a member of the Presentation Order.

Sr Mairead -- who lived at Newpark in Kilkenny -- is survived by her brothers, Peadar and Brendan, and her sisters, Mary Ann, Eileen and Delia. She will be buried after 12 noon Requiem Mass in Kilkenny tomorrow.

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