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Man snatches son after stabbing partner, then pair die in car crash

By Barry Duggan, Martin Grant and Ken Foy

A mother desperately fought to save her son from being driven to his death after being stabbed in her family home.

Mum-of-two Jodie Power (26) from Oola, Co Limerick, is recovering in hospital after she was stabbed in an assault, believed to have been carried out by her ex-partner Marco Velocci as he took their son yesterday morning.

Minutes after he left Ms Power's house Velocci and his son Alex (3) were killed in an horrific head-on crash with a truck near Brook's Bridge, Limerick.

Gardai are now investigating if Velocci "deliberately drove" into the truck in a suspected murder suicide. According to sources, Velocci arrived at the Ms Power's house at around 8am yesterday, became involved in an argument with her and attempted to take his son Alex.

"It appears as if Ms Power did everything she could to stop him from leaving and a struggle ensued," a source said.

During the struggle Ms Power, who also has a nine-month-old baby, sustained a broken arm and a number of stab wounds.

Velocci (28) then left the property with Alex in his black 2005 Audi.

Ms Power contacted the emergency services, informing them her son had been "abducted" and that she had been injured.

Gardai and emergency services rushed to her home but, en route, came across the fatal crash.

Both Velocci and Alex were pronounced dead at the scene.

Last night officers were hoping to speak to witnesses to determine what caused the fatal road smash at Brook's Bridge between Pallasgreen and Oola on the Limerick to Tipperary stretch of the N24 at 8.30am yesterday.

Last night Gardai had yet to speak to Ms Power, as she was due to undergo surgery.

Jonathan Ryan, a friend of Velocci, said: "I'm completely and utterly shellshocked by it.

"He was a very quiet, genuine person.

"He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He kept to himself."

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