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"I don't know how we can cope without her" - Father pays tribute after daughter (16) dies in crash

Three others were injured in the incident.

Katie Murphy (16) who died last night.
Katie Murphy (16) who died last night.
Image: Facebook

A FATHER HAS paid tribute to his “beautiful” teenage daughter who died late last night after the car in which she was a passenger struck a wall.

Gardaí are investigating the single-vehicle collision which occurred on Cliff Road, Tramore, County Waterford at 8.20pm last night.

Katie Murphy (16) from Ballinamona in Waterford died late last night at University Hospital Waterford after receiving fatal injuries in the crash.

Family and those close to Katie paid tribute to the 16-year-old, who was a fifth year student at the Ursuline school in Waterford city.

Her father Hilary posted on Facebook this morning, expressing the family’s devastation after the accident.

katie Source: Facebook

“Our beautiful daughter was taken from us last night in a car accident,” Katie’s father said.

We loved her so very much and I don’t know how we can cope without her.

Speaking this evening on RTÉ’s Six One News, Edel Connolly, principal of the Ursuline School said that Katie was “a wonderful girl”.

She was a very positive, lively outgoing girl and she will be missed terribly.
We’re all in shock today… and we are thinking all day of her family and her siblings and all of her friends.

Two other teenage passengers, a female and male, both aged 17 years, suffered serious injuries and were also brought to University Hospital Waterford.

The male driver of the car, 17, received minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital Waterford. No other injuries were reported.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information us asked to contact them at Tramore Garda 051 391 620, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald

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