Dad held daughter, 17, in his arms as she died in car crash on her way to prom

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Dad held daughter, 17, in his arms as she died in car crash on her way to prom
Dad held daughter, 17, in his arms as she died in car crash on her way to prom

The dad of a teen girl killed in a horror car crash en route to her prom held his little girl in his arms as she passed away.

Kiea McCann, 17, was riding with Dlava Mohammed, 16, when their car collided with a tree just outside Clones in Ireland's County Monaghan on Monday night. Last night it emerged that Kiea's heartbroken dad Frankie tenderly held his daughter as her life left her after he arrived at the scene not long after the impact.

The students from Largy College were en route to their Debs party - a formal ball for final year secondary school students - usually called a "prom" in the UK and US. As they made their way to a nearby hotel where the prom was being held, their vehicle skidded off the road due to the treacherous, wet conditions.

Before the fatal journey, Kiea's parents told how their daughter and her pals had held a party at their home before they went off to enjoy the major milestone. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Frankie said: “There was great excitement in the house before they went out. We had food and Champagne and balloons and it was going to be a great night.”

Dad held daughter, 17, in his arms as she died in car crash on her way to prom eidexiqreiqtrinvYoung people embrace as the hearse carrying Kiea's remains arrive at their family home in Clones (PA)

Her mother Teresa added Kiea and Dlava had been best friends for years. She said: “She was great to everybody. It will be hard on all the young people. Hard on all the friends.”

Baby boy has spent his life in hospital as doctors are 'scared' to discharge himBaby boy has spent his life in hospital as doctors are 'scared' to discharge him

The driver, who is in his 60s, is a friend who offered them a lift. He and another teenage girl were also left in a critical condition in hospital. The girl’s condition is now said to be stable while a teenage boy left with non-life threatening injuries is expected to make a full recovery, reports the Irish Mirror.

Dad held daughter, 17, in his arms as she died in car crash on her way to promMourners form a guard of honour as her hearse rolls by (PA)

The devastated families were greeted by a steady flow of family and friends at their homes in Clones. A large crowd of mourners gathered outside a property in the town with the family of Dlava Mohammed. Her friends revealed her father was on his way from Germany to be with his loved ones.

Her mother was comforted with women in the house while male mourners stood outside. According to those present, they were marking a religious tradition and asked the media for privacy. Meanwhile, in a heartbreaking social media post, Kiea’s sister Shaunice said she couldn’t find the words to describe the horror of her loss. She wrote: “I really don’t know what to say. I’m just so heartbroken over you, my little baby sister.

Dad held daughter, 17, in his arms as she died in car crash on her way to promDlava Mohammed, who was also killed
Dad held daughter, 17, in his arms as she died in car crash on her way to promKiea's dad arrived just moments after the crash and hugged his little girl as she passed away

“I have no words to describe the emotions going through me right now. I really don’t know what to do without you. I am just so lost and don’t understand how something like this could just happen to you. I just hope you know that we all love you so much.

“I would do anything just to have you here with me one last time just to tell you that I love you and need you. You were taken from us to soon, your life was just starting and you can no longer enjoy it. You were such a strong, beautiful loving caring girl and very thick headed but I would never change anything about you.

“Rest easy princess and look over us. I will never forget you or the great times we had. You hold a big special part in my life and that will never change. I will never understand why life is so cruel to take such a special person like you out of it. I love you forever.”

Social Protection Minister and local TD Heather Humphreys spoke to reporters outside Largy College where the girls were pupils.

Ryan Fahey

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