A toddler who was killed after being hit by an SUV in Roscommon yesterday is said to have wandered into the street while his family lay in bed.
The 21-month-old boy was on vacation with his family in the area.
Gardaí say they are investigating the incident as a tragic accident.
Sources said it is believed the toddler was hit when the SUV driver pulled onto his land near the village of Ballinagare yesterday morning and did not see the child.
Realizing what had happened, he alerted the toddler’s family and the alarm went off.
It is believed that the toddler wandered away from the house he was staying in without his family noticing.
Locals said the family are believed to have traveled to the area from the UK for a summer break.
An autopsy is taking place and the results will reveal his cause of death in the coming days.
A source tells Independent.ie The incident happened around 9 a.m. on a shared road leading to a farm.
Gardaí said a technical examination of the crime scene was conducted by forensic experts. A liaison officer has been appointed to support the family and Gardaí have also asked for witnesses.
Locals said they were in shock that weekend. Fianna Fáil Councilwoman Paschal Fitzmaurice said people in the area are keen to show their support for the boy’s family.
“People around are shocked and saddened,” he said.
“It’s a very sad situation to hear about someone who has been killed this way, but especially when it’s a very young child. Local people think of family.”
Roscommon County Council’s Cathaoirleach, Independent Councilor Tom Crosby, said people across the county felt “hurt” when he offered his condolences.
“It is a terribly sad tragedy in our area and I would like to offer my condolences to the boy’s family, neighbors and friends. Everyone feels the pain in a tragedy like this.”
Local Fine Gael Councilor Liam Callaghan said the community was rocked by the sad news.
“There is widespread sadness and shock in the wider community here in the Tulsk-Bellanagare area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad and tragic time,” he said.
“You hear these stories at different times in different areas of the country but when it comes to your own front door the full reality hits and today, sadly, it has hit our community. I have no doubt that the community will gather the family.”
Latest figures show there have been 102 deaths on Irish roads so far in 2022, up 15 from the same point last year.
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