December 4, 2023

Friends killed in Donegal crash tragedy had met up to say goodbye: report

THE four young Donegal men who were killed in a horror road crash had met up to say goodbye as one of them was due to leave the country to start a new job abroad.

Daniel Scott (23), John Harley (24), Michael Roarty (24) and Shaun Harkin (22) were killed instantly when the silver Toyota Carolla they were in left a bog road and rolled down a field near Gortahork just before 9pm on Sunday.

Mr Harley and Mr Harkin were from Falcarragh, Mr Scott from Gortahork, and Mr Roarty from Gweedore.

All of them were involved in their communities and were members of local soccer and GAA teams.

According to a report in this morning’s Irish Independent, the friends had met up on Sunday night to say goodbye  to Daniel Scott, who was leaving Ireland to start a new job abroad next week.

The scene of the crash was eventually cleared yesterday afternoon after Garda forensic investigators completed their work.

The place where the car the four young men were travelling in left the road is at the bottom of a steep hill on a bog road, where a bridge at the bottom crosses a small river.

It is understood the car went off the road to the left, crashing through a fence before tumbling into the field about eight feet below the road surface.

It then crashed into another fence before coming to a rest beside the river bank.

Personal items lay scattered in the field after the car was taken away. Coins, earphones and glasses standing out among the medical equipment used by the emergency services.




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