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Irish girl dies after being hit by a car in New York

Kalie Gill had only recently moved back to New York with her parents.

Kalie Gill Photo
Kalie Gill Photo
Image: Brendan Charles/Irish Central

AN IRISH GIRL who had recently moved to the US has been killed in a car crash. Kalie Gill was struck by a car when she was attending a church carnival in Coyne Park in Yonkers, New York.

Her sister, Lindsey, aged 12, was badly injured in the same incident when a local high school teacher lost control of her automobile. Lindsay is said to be doing better in hospital despite major injuries.

Accident

It is believed that the car was driven by a sixth grade local school teacher and that she may have suffered a heart attack after pulling out of a local parking lot. She has not yet been charged with any offence.

Kalie, who was just 15-years old  had just come back with her family to live in the US after eight years in Ireland where the family ran a pub business in Leitrim.

Irish Central reports that her friends are all shocked at the tragic news.

Mourning

“Kalie was a sweetheart. I last spoke to her on Friday, thinking it would not be our last words together. She was willing to always crack a joke and make you smile someway. I love this about her, a true caring person that is now watching over us. She is always in my heart and will forever be a Barnabite,” said Ericka Miranda

“I’ve know Kalie since she came over and words can’t even describe how sweet she was. She was always smiling. Kalie lit up the room and had an amazing personality. It could have been anyone that Friday night , but why Kalie. She will forever be in my heart. She may be gone now, but she will never be forgotten,” said a classmate Noreen Charles.

Fenagh in Leitrim, where the family lived is said to be in deep mourning after the death of Kalie.

Kalie’s parents Damien and Karen Gill and their family moved back to Fenagh about eight years ago and opened Quinn’s Pub. Earlier this year they decided to come back to New York.

Birthday

Kalie had only celebrated her 15th birthday a few days ago.

On Saturday night, more than 500 people gathered at a vigil for Kalie and the Gill family at the site where the accident occurred and a special mass was said.

Reverend Healy, pastor of St. Paul’s Parish called it a “day of sorrow” and identified the family members who had been injured and killed.

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