June 16, 2024

13-year-old girl left an orphan week before Christmas after mother is killed in crash

A 13-year-old daughter of a woman killed in a car crash in the countdown to Christmas has been left without parents following her tragic death.

Annmarie Hooper (34) died along with Dean Coleman (25) when the car he was driving smashed into a lamppost on Butterfield Avenue on Dublin’s southside at 1.30am on Tuesday. Moments earlier he had been signalled to pull over by gardaí, but he drove away.

Officers searched for the car and then came across the crash scene.

It has emerged Ms Hooper had been due to start a job at a takeaway this week. Her daughter Katelyn (13) is now without a parent and is being cared for by her wider family.

The girl’s father died in recent years. Annmarie Hooper had also suffered previous tragedies. her first baby dying and her nephew Kyle (12) falling victim to an apparent fatal asthma attack in 2018.

Today the young mother’s devastated family are desperately trying to come to terms with her tragic death. Her heartbroken mother Catherine Hooper told the Irish Independent: “She loved buzzing off people and mixed well with everybody. She had a heart of gold.”

It has emerged Coleman had been serving an eight-year driving ban imposed in 2013. He was previously jailed over a high-speed chase with gardaí around Dublin while his infant child was in the car.

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