Gardaí to investigate sale of car involved in Kimberly’s death

Gardaí to investigate sale of car involved in Kimberly’s death
Fatal crash scene at Harbour View Road, Knocknaheeny Cork following the overnight single vehicle collision.Pic; Larry Cummins

The circumstances of the sale of the car involved in the horror crash which led to the death of teenager Kimberly O’Connor is at the centre of the garda probe into the tragedy.

The 16-year-old Terence MacSwiney Community College student was laid to rest in St Catherine’s cemetery in Kilcully on Wednesday, a week after the crash on Harbour View Road on February 19.

She was killed when the car in which she was a passenger crashed into with a wall just a short distance from her home. Emergency services were quickly at the scene, but she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A male passenger who was badly injured remains seriously ill. A third occupant of the car, the driver, presented himself at the Mercy University Hospital in the hours after the crash. Flowers remained at the scene of the crash yesterday.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said the investigation into the crash is ‘progressing quite well’. He said the circumstances of the purchase of the car is a central part of the probe. The vehicle has been retained by gardaí as the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, a fund set up on GoFundMe to help her family following the tragedy has raised more than €18,000. Several tributes were paid to her on the page.

Kimberly had recently returned from a volunteering trip to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation, as part of a group of five from Terence MacSwiney Community College.

She was a previous award winner at the UCC Plus + programme in March 2018 for excellence in Maths, Gaeilge, and foreign languages.

She was also a member of Superstars Stageschool and had been involved in an exchange programme with Co-operation Ireland.

She was due to play a lead role in a production at Terence MacSwiney College next month, and had also played lead roles in the school’s musicals in the past two years.

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