'Like salt on fresh wounds': Grieving family devastated by second crash on Harbour View Road 

'Like salt on fresh wounds': Grieving family devastated by second crash on Harbour View Road 
Kimberly O'Connor (16) who was killed in car crash on Harbour View Road, Knocknaheeny, Cork city.

THE grieving mum of crash victim Kimberly O'Connor is now fighting for traffic calming measures on Harbour View Road, where her daughter was killed.

16-year-old Kimberly died on February 20, when the car in which she was a passenger collided with a wall. Gardai are continuing to investigate the incident.

Flowers, tributes, photos, candles and messages at the scene of the road traffic accident on Harbour View Road, in which Kimberly O'Connor lost her life. 
Flowers, tributes, photos, candles and messages at the scene of the road traffic accident on Harbour View Road, in which Kimberly O'Connor lost her life. 

On Wednesday night, in the same area, a pizza delivery man received minor injuries after his car was in collision with another car carrying four youths who fled the scene immediately. No arrests have been made.

Speaking on the Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM, Kimberly's mum Jennifer Haynes said she was in bed when she heard the sound of the crash close to her house again on Wednesday night.

She said she ran outside briefly but found it very hard to deal with, as the incident occurred just metres away from where Kimberly was killed in the February 20 crash.

"It brought the whole thing back again," she said. 

She and her sister Valerie have spoken out since Wednesday's incident, calling for traffic calming measures for Harbour View Road.

She recalled ringing Kimberly at around 10.30pm on the night she died and asked her to come home. Kimberly told her it was midterm and that she would return around 11.30pm.

"She took a spin home in that car and unfortunately it took her life," Jennifer said. 

She recalled that she was feeding her young son when she heard the bang of the crash which killed Kimberly. 

Her other daughter Shannon told her that the person in the car was wearing the same clothes as Kimberly had been wearing but they had to wait for hours to find out for sure that it was her daughter.

She said: "It was just a nightmare looking out at that into the early hours of the morning. For them hours, you are still waiting for Kimberly to walk in the path. There was hope."

Her aunt Valerie said the incident on Wednesday night was "like salt on fresh wounds that will never heal".

She told of receiving a call from a terrified Jennifer, to check her other daughter Britney was definitely safely with Valerie.

Describing Kimberly, Jennifer said: "Everything about that child was fabulous."

She said her plan was to study musical theatre at Cork Institute of Technology, before hoping to go to London.

She said: "Her dream was to be on stage. Her dream was to make it big."

She was in Superstars stage school since she was seven years old.

A guard of honour outside the church after the funeral mass for Kimberly O'Connor who died in a car accident in February
A guard of honour outside the church after the funeral mass for Kimberly O'Connor who died in a car accident in February

She said she is given hope because she believes Kimberly has been reunited with her father, who died 12 years ago when Kimberly was just four. His anniversary is on Sunday.

Jennifer said: "I believe she is in heaven. The child never did any bad in her life. I reckon she was chosen."

She also said she finds it extremely difficult to carry on but she said she has to for the sake of her family, including her four-month-old son who was just four weeks when Kimberly died.

She also praised the spirit of the community when Kimberly died.

She said: "People were so much in shock. For any child to die like that. But the spirit in the community, I have to say, was unbelievable."

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