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Kildare councillor Willie Crowley dies three days after being struck by car

A 28-year-old man has been charged in relation to the incident.

Updated at 11pm

KILDARE COUNCILLOR WILLIE Crowley has died from injuries he sustained in an alleged hit-and-run incident on Tuesday evening.

The 65 year old was struck by a car at the junction of John’s Street and James Street and the car failed to remain at the scene. He had been in critical condition in Naas General Hospital but passed away this evening.

Fianna Fáil councillor Fiona O’Loughlin, who knew the Newbridge independent councillor for 20 years, told that his wife Clare and the whole community were “bereft”. She described him as a likeable character who would leave behind a strong legacy.

He’ll be remembered with fondness, as a great character who enjoyed a chat, a laugh, a pint, a bet and aside from that was very involved – he was a great cook and anyone who had the opportunity to sit around a table for good company and food would remember it.

Crowley had previously helped cook Christmas Day dinner for elderly people in the community and those who did not have someone to spend the day with. He was also involved this year in planning the Christmas lights and O’Loughlin said “Newbridge has never looked so good”.

“The town is grieving tonight,” she said.

A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear in court again on 22 December.

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