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Family's grief for 3yr-old girl killed in crash; Tragic tot thrown from car on M20.


A FAMILY is in mourning after a three-year-old died in a horrific motorway smash.

Kellycia Nudiri suffered catastrophic head injuries after she was thrown from the car as it left the M20 between Adare and Patrickswell in Limerick at around 4.45pm on Saturday.

Her twin brother and parents, who were also travelling in the vehicle, were not seriously injured.

The family, said to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo, had been living in Limerick city but had recently moved to Abbeyfeale.

The car, driven by the girl's mother, is understood to have swerved to try to avoid another vehicle after it had mounted the motorway's central ALL IRELAND FINAL Ola Jordan reservation barrier.

It's believed this car had swerved to avoid another vehicle.

The Nudiri family's car "barrel rolled" a number of times before coming to a rest on its roof. The little girl was thrown from the vehicle and was discovered underneath it.

Emergency services tried desperately to save her life, however she was pronounced dead a short time later at University Hospital Limerick after she was taken there by ambulance.

Sources said the girl's twin brother suffered "minor head and facial injuries" but was not seriously injured.

Three men who were travelling in the other car were taken to hospital but were not seriously injured.

A friend of the Nudiri family said: "It's very sad. They are a quiet and respectful family.

"They could not find accommodation in Limerick city so they moved to Abbeyfeale about six or seven months ago."

a " Members of the wider Congo community in Ireland have been providing support.

A large gathering of fellow countrymen and women travelled to Limerick last night and rallied around the family who were brought to University Hospital Limerick, following the fatal crash.

"minor head and facial injuries".

Their mother, who was driving, is thought to have swerved to avoid another vehicle. travelling in the opposite direction.

A source at the scene said: "The girl was in the back seat when their car went into a barrel role and she was thrown from the vehicle."

The tragic tot was crushed in the accident on the M20, near Patrickswell, Co Limerick, at around 5pm. Her twin brother was taken to the city's University Hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

Emergency first responders performed CPR on the toddler in their best efforts to save her but It is understood he sustained Abbeyfeale Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne said: "I want to pass on my sympathies to the family.

"It is a terrible tragedy. If we can be of any assistance or supply any supports to them we'll do that."

Fianna Fail party spokesman on justice Niall Collins, who lives close to the scene of the crash in Patrickswell, added: "There has been a number of fatalities on this stretch of the motorway over the years.

"Given the weekends events, I'll be asking the National Roads Authority to review this section of motorway, with a view to carrying out a safety audit.

"I want to express my sympathies with the family and those injured in the crash."

Gardai closed off the motorway for several hours yesterday to examine the scene and cars involved.

The road has since been fully reopened.

Officers at Roxboro Road Garda station have appealed for witnesses to the crash to contact them on 061 214340.


HORROR Scene of crash in Limerick on Saturday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 19, 2016
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