Mother’s call for treatment on the roads after her son’s death
A mother who lost her teenage son in a car accident has made a sincere appeal to the public to be respectful and considerate of the road.
Carmel Bonner of Dungloe, lost her 19-year-old son Jamie last September when he was killed in a two-car collision on the N56 near Creeslough.
To mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims this Sunday, Carmel spoke about the very difficult journey families face after losing a loved one on the roads.
The family is also hosting a charity fundraising event in memory of their son.
Jamie was the eighth person killed on Donegal roads in 2020 and behind every statistic is a grieving family.
Son of Carmel and Declan and brother of Shane and Clara, Jamie is remembered as someone who always smiled and loved life.
“He had plans in advance, but unfortunately everything changed. Everything changed in the blink of an eye, ”said Carmel.
“Jamie left a big empty space. He will be forever missed by his family, friends and the community.
“I would ask people to be careful and respect the road. The drama he leaves behind for families. You don’t realize how difficult it is until it hits your community.
Jamie loved to restore cars and bought a Ford Sierra with the intention of refinishing it last winter.
He had also just purchased a tractor and backhoe and was in the process of obtaining his backhoe license before the tragic accident. In his memory, his father Declan and his brother Shane made his wish come true and restored the Sierra.
A former student of Rosses Community School, Jamie was well known in the community and was well liked by young and old alike. He was often seen helping the locals lift the sod and bail out the hay.
Although his funeral took place during Covid-19 when large crowds were not allowed to gather, the family very much appreciate the huge amount of messages, cards and people who have kept in touch over the last year.
Carmel said the support from the community has been huge.
“Jamie was so easy going. In all the photos we have, he was always smiling, enjoying life. We are grateful for these memories, ”she said.
In memory of Jamie, the family is hosting a modified car and vintage car exhibit on November 21 to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
“It’s a day to honor our lost loved ones, support bereaved families and those injured and affected by traffic accidents. We would also like to recognize the wonderful work of our emergency services, ”said Carmel.
The event will be held on the grounds of the Rosses Community School from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will raise funds for two charities.
Funds raised will be donated to Gemma’s Legacy of Hope, a Dungloe and Hugh’s House-based counseling service that provides accommodation for families of sick children receiving treatment in Dublin hospitals.
Carmel’s sister and her husband first experienced the benefits of Hugh’s House when they took advantage of accommodation when they stayed in Dublin for ten weeks after their daughter was born 13 weeks prematurely.
The car show is organized in conjunction with the Mid West Donegal Vintage Car Club. During the day, parking on the school grounds is reserved for show cars, but alternative parking will be available nearby.
There will be refreshments for everyone in the school, music by DJ Mal and a raffle on the day.
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Posted: 9:42 am November 17, 2021