Crash victim loses battle for life

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There was widespread heartbreak in the Lifford and St. Johnston areas when news emerged over the weekend that a young man had lost his battle for life.

Twenty-three-year-old Darry McDaid from Cavanacaw, St. Johnston had been in a critical condition at Letterkenny General Hospital after his BMW crossed over four lanes and hit a wall on the opposite side of the road at Drumnahoagh, Letterkenny on March 23rd last.

He passed away in hospital on Saturday after a long and brave fight.

Mr. McDaid was working in England and had been home on holidays for St. Patrick’s Day . On the night of the tragic accident he was alone in the car at the time and was returning home from a night out with a new girlfriend.

His father, Martin McGrath, revealed after the accident that he had suffered a similar brain injury following a road traffic collision near Lifford, 20km away, in 1978.

He said: “I spent 14 weeks in hospital and I had to fight to return to normal life afterwards.

“Now the same thing has happened to my son all these years later. I always worried and dreaded something like this would happen and now it has.”

The heartbroken father continued: “I never thought anything like this would happen to my family. It’s heartbreaking watching him lying there in hospital.

Martin described his son as “a very decent and shy young man” who, despite his young age, was a senior manager at a bakery in Doncaster in England.

Ironically Darry lost a cousin at the Donegal Rally a number of years ago when he was struck by a competing car.

Fr. Edward Kilpatrick, PP of Lifford told the DPP/Democrat: “It is a very sad time for the whole community - this is just a tragic accident. He was a fine big fellow who was doing very well for himself in England. He was one of those lads who would do anything to help somebody in need out. Indeed Martin and all the family are the same. It’s a very sad day.”

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised.


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