I thank every one of you for what you did for me, my son and my daughter that day on the road - dad in Monasterevin crash
9 Oct 2015
A dad injured in a horrific Monasterevin crash with his two kids has thanked everybody who helped get them to hospital. Athy man Frank Stokes and his daughter (7) and son (2) were involved in the two-car collision almost two weeks ago which killed Co Laois teen Barney Harty (16). Eyewitnesses described how locals rushed to pull the two kids from the wreckage and placed them in their child seats on the roadside until emergency services arrived. Dad Mr Stokes said today: "To the Gardai, the people of Coolnafaragh, Monasterevin and the ambulance drivers - I thank every one of you for what you did for me, my son and my daughter that day on the road." In a heartfelt message on Facebook, he added: "A very big Thank You to each and every member of staff at Tullamore Hospital for all you did for me and how I was treated while I was there." Tragic 16-year-old Barney Harty from Portarlington lost his battle for life at the weekend after failing to recover from injuries he suffered in the collision on September 27. His two pals who were travelling in a Peugeot 406 were also injured in the head-on crash with the Ford Galaxy driven by Mr Stokes. Gardai had appealed for information on the red Peugeot saloon car around the Monasterevin area before the collision at 12 noon near Ballagh. The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) later handed back its investigation of the incident to local gardai. The watchdog was called in after it emerged that garda had the red Peugeot saloon under observation before the collision but officials found that the officers had no case to answer.
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