19-years-old man killed in collision

A 19-year-old man was killed on Sunday in a single-vehicle collision on the Derry to Buncrana road at Tooban,

19-year-old Martin (Marty) Strain, from Burnfoot, died in the early hours of Sunday morning when the car in which he was a passenger went off the road.

The son of Elaine and Hugh Strain and brother to Stephen, he will be laid to rest following Requiem Mass at St. Mura’s Church, Fahan, tomorrow, (Wednesday).

Mr. Strain’s girlfriend, Kayleigh Fullerton, and the driver of the vehicle, Evan Quinn, were both injured in the collision and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. Ms. Fullerton remains in a serious condition.

It is understood the trio were travelling towards Mr. Strain’s nearby home in Gortcormican after a night out when the devastating collision occurred at around 4.30 a.m. It is the second fatal collision in the Burnfoot area, coming just six weeks after the death of John Hegarty at Rockstown, less than half a mile away. Those involved in both crashes are in the same group of friends.

Councillor John Ryan, who lives in Burnfoot, said the local community was shocked at the untimely death of a popular and very much loved young man.

Inishowen Cathoirleach, Colr Rena Donaghey, said there was “deep sadness, disbelief and raw emotion” within the community at the loss of Mr Strain.

Colr Ryan said: “There is absolute devastation in the local community with the tragic loss of Martin.

“Hugh, Elaine and Stephen certainly don’t deserve this nightmare to be brought to their door.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them and also with the young woman and man injured as they come to terms with the tragedy brought upon them.”

Colr. Ryan added the tragedy was “all the more devastating” for a community still coming to terms with the loss of a young life “a matter of weeks ago on the same stretch of road.”

He said: “It is difficult to comprehend why these tragedies happen, but every time they do we always say it can’t happen again.”

Colr Donaghey said Inishowen has “had more than its fair share of tragedies over recent years.”

“On behalf of the community and myself, may I offer sincere condolences to Elaine, Hugh and Stephen and wish a speedy recovery to the two young people who were injured.

She added: “We offer our support and prayers to everyone affected by the tragedy in the difficult times ahead.”

Both Colr Donaghey and Colr Ryan paid tribute to the emergency services and to the Gardai who arrived at the scene quickly on Sunday morning. They also praised the staff of Letterkenny General Hospital.