The mother of a 26-year-old man who tragically died following a road traffic accident on Christmas night has described him as “quiet and very caring”.
Luke Peeks, of Carraduffy, Inver was on his way to visit his girlfriend in Castlefin when his Renault Clio left the road at around 11pm at Trerenamullin, on the Stranorlar to Killygordon road.
He was taken by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.
He was the seventh person to die on Donegal’s roads this year.
There was a constant stream of visitors to the family home on Thursday while the house was private for the removal on Friday for private cremation.
Luke was born in the south of England and moved with his mother Sarah Houlgreave and the family to Tawney, near Donegal Town in 2005 before moving to Inver around a year ago. Luke’s younger sister Carly is a student at Abbey Vocational School in Donegal town.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat/People’s Press last Thursday, Sarah said her son Luke, who studied computers at LYIT, was “quiet and very caring”.
She added: “He was passionate about music - he had a guitar - and loved animals.”
Cllr. Patrick McGowan, from Killygordon, renewed his calls for action to improve the road on which the accident took place.
“There have been umpteen accidents along that stretch of road,” he said.
“There’s a long straight stretch that turns into a series of bends. There is a record of fatalities along that bit of road over the years, the most recent of which was an accident in which two Latvians lost their lives.
“Every month cars have trouble along that stretch of road. It needs straightening and a hard shoulder.
“I’ve raised the issue year in and year out with the National Roads Authority and also with Council’s Road Safety Working Group.
“Lives are being put at risk and money needs to be spent to upgrade this road.”
Cllr. McGowan also conveyed his sympathies to Luke’s family.
“Any fatality at any time of year is a tragedy but this is a particularly tragic at this time of year, my heart goes out to them on their loss.”