Tributes were paid to a young man from Dublin who died in a traffic accident in the United States.
Aniel Slattery, 23, of Rathgar, south Dublin, died on Sunday after his car crashed in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Mr Slattery’s 24-year-old friend from Crumlin, who was also in the car, is in critical condition in hospital.
Mr. Slattery, nephew of Irial Slattery, proprietor of Slattery’s Pub in Beggars Bush, had worked part-time at the famous pub for the last six years while he was a student.
Irial Slattery said: “Dan was magical. He was a gentle, very easygoing, thoughtful young man who will be sadly missed. Everyone is devastated – his parents, his sisters, the whole family. We are all shocked. No, you’ve never shed so many tears.”
Daniel was so highly regarded by his uncle that in autumn 2019, just before the pandemic, Irial nominated him to accept the Irish Hospitality Global Award on behalf of Slattery’s.
Slattery’s Pub also posted a tribute on Facebook.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Dan Slattery in an automobile accident in the early hours of this past Sunday across the United States,” the message said.
“Many of you will know Dan because he worked part-time behind the bar at Slattery’s for the past six years as a student.
“He was a very pleasant, friendly young man who was always having a great time.
“Daniel Slattery – son of Martin and Eilís; Brother of Laoise, Ana, Maebh, Cate, Aoife and Nuala and nephew of Irial Slattery, owner of Slattery’s.
“Much sadly missed by his co-workers, friends and customers at Slattery’s. “Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.”
A friend responded with “thoughts and prayers” to Mr. Slattery’s family. He added, “Dan attended De La Salle College Churchtown. A pleasure to deal with, a great student and an excellent rugby player…a very sad day.”
Another friend added that Mr Slattery was “a handsome, kind young man who was taken far too soon”.
One woman added that it was “heartbreaking to record” and that Mr Slattery was “a great guy”.
Another woman wrote that she hopes Mr. Slattery’s “gentle soul rest in peace.”
One man simply added that Mr Slattery was “an absolute gentleman”.
Tragically, the car the two young men were driving in overturned and caught fire.
It was believed that the couple had worked in the United States
Hillsboro Police spokesman Sgt Stewart Kelsey said Mr Slattery’s family are currently in town and will be taking his remains to Ireland.
Police were responding to a report of a car that flipped over on its roof just after 4.30am on Sunday and burst into flames on the outskirts of town.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, he said.
“We are investigating several elements surrounding this incident, but these details will not be released due to the sensitivity of the accident. It will be several days before there is an update on the accident investigation,” he said.
He added that the Washington County Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team (CART), which investigated the crash site, has now completed its investigation. It is an interagency team of law enforcement officers from local police departments, the Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office that investigates and reconstructs traffic accidents.
Details of Daniel Slattery’s funeral will be announced later.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/dan-was-magic-tributes-to-young-dublin-man-daniel-slattery-who-died-in-car-crash-in-oregon-41819657.html “Dan was magic” – tribute to young Dubliner Daniel Slattery, who died in a car accident in Oregon