The tragic death of an infant child following a collision with an SUV this morning in Roscommon has been described by a local senator as "heart-breaking" for the families involved.
A number of local people have said that the boy and his family may have been holidaying in the area at the time of the tragedy and staying in a local house used as a holiday home.
Reacting to the news of the boy’s death near Ballingare village, Senator Eugene Murphy said: “Everybody throughout the county and locally is absolutely shocked by this terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to both families. The sad reality is that a young child has lost his life and our prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected by this.”
Senator Murphy said the community would provide as much support as possible for the families.
“The death of a child in such tragic circumstances is so sad but I know local people will rally around and will help the families.”
It is understood that the tragic accident happened in a cul-de-sac a few miles from the West Roscommon village of Ballinagare just after 9am this morning.
It is understood that driver of the vehicle is local.
The infant received treatment at the scene but was later pronounced dead. His body was then taken to the mortuary at University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem will take place.
No other injuries were reported.
A technical examination of the scene by Forensic Collision Investigators has since been completed and a family liaison officer has been appointed to support the family at this time.
Gardaí are still at the scene this evening.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward and any road users with video footage (including dash cam) is asked to make this available to them.
Anyone with information can contact Boyle Garda Station 071 966 4620 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.