The Limerick Leader - Saturday, 1 September 2007.

Boy, 12, killed in city tragedy

By Petula Martyn

A 12 YEAR-OLD boy, who was due to start secondary school this Friday, has been killed in a tragic accident involving a truck in Moyross.

The boy has been named locally as John Leo who was from the area.

It is understood the boy died after he was caught under the back wheel of the truck this Thursday morning. The tragedy which unfolded at 10.10am marked the second death on Limerick roads this week.

Local people comforted the child's grandfather who is said to have been distraught. An onlooker described the scene as "heartbreaking" and said the boy's grandfather was "inconsolable".

The local parish priest, Fr Frank O'Dea, who lives around the corner from Hartigan Villas, was at the scene within minutes of the accident. He said "It is shocking for all concerned, the family and the neighbours. It is a terrible tragedy."

Limerick City Council has been demolishing bungalows in preparation for recommendations in the John Fitzgerald report and it is understood workmen were working at the site at the time.

A garda forensic team began a technical examination of the scene when the body was removed by ambulance to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital an hour after the accident.

The young boy was killed as the funeral mass was taking place in Kilcornan of 32 year-old, Trevor McCarthy. The father of four died in a single vehicle crash in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Ten people have died on Limerick roads so far this year.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a teenager in Ballynanty had a lucky escape on Wednesday night when a stolen car crashed into his go-kart pinning him to the wall.

Kurt Ryan was due to go back to St. Nessan's secondary school this Thursday morning after the summer break, but instead he is recovering at home from his injuries.

It is understood a car being pursued by a garda patrol car lost control, mounted the footpath and collided with the 14 year-old, pinning him to the gable wall of Tommy Cassidy's shop at 9.30pm.

The female driver of the car was arrested at the scene and brought to Henry Street Garda Station for questioning. The woman, who is in her late teens, was still in garda custody this Thursday afternoon