Hit-and-operate target was buying for wedding ceremony gown hours before

A girl killed next a strike-and-operate in Co Donegal had been out window procuring for wedding dresses just a several hrs before.

Laura Connolly (34) died just after becoming knocked down as she was returning from a evening out with mates in the early hrs of Sunday early morning.

She experienced just reported goodbye to a mate as she walked in direction of Townspark, Lifford, on the N15 road.

Having said that, she was struck by a white van which unsuccessful to remain at the scene.

The youthful woman was rushed by ambulance to Letterkenny University Medical center but was pronounced lifeless a limited time later.

A postmortem is due to be held later.

A person in his 40s was arrested afterwards beneath segment four of the Legal Justice Act and is currently being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.

Her spouse Joe McCullagh and the couple’s son Jamie are getting consoled by loved ones and good friends.

The pair, who were teenage sweethearts, ended up due to marry upcoming year, according to friends.

Laura Connolly (34) was returning home from a family party in Lifford at about 2.45am on Sunday when she was struck by a white van
Laura Connolly (34) was returning household from a relatives bash in Lifford at about 2.45am on Sunday when she was struck by a white van

Jason Barr, an SDLP councillor in neighbouring Strabane and a pal of Ms Connolly, said she experienced before in the day been buying for a wedding ceremony dress.

Having to pay tribute

“My heart goes out to her son, her fiancé, her mom and father and her brothers and the broader Connolly family and her good friends,” he informed The Irish Periods.

“It is just devastating. This is a thing you just really don’t anticipate to hear.”

Shelling out tribute to Ms Connolly, he reported she was “such an outgoing personality”.

“She lit up the room when she walked into it,” reported Mr Barr, who satisfied Ms Connolly at a socially-distanced pandemic bingo function a calendar year and half in the past.

“Her nickname for me because was All the Fours, 44,” he mentioned.

“That was Laura, normally great with the craic. There was by no means a uninteresting moment with her, never ever, she just liked her family members, her buddies and the craic.

“She lived every working day as greatest she could.”

Gardaí said the van and its driver did not remain at the scene. The car in the photograph was not involved in the incident. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA
Gardaí claimed the van and its driver did not remain at the scene. The auto in the photograph was not included in the incident. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ms Connolly appeared just after her teenage son as perfectly as her father, according to Mr Barr.

She experienced potent relatives connections in Strabane way too, and Mr Barr explained both towns “are in mourning”.


“I hope the individual who did this arrives ahead or the guards get them, to give the family members some closure,” he added.

Laura’s uncle Andy Connolly had before appealed to whoever knocked her down, or any individual who experienced any information and facts about the incident, to come forward.

“This is a traumatic experience for everyone in our relatives, a pretty enormous shock of a female so total of daily life a son and boyfriend, father, mom and brother all left with the entire world turned upside down . . . If you know who this modest van killer is, remember to get in touch.”

Regional Lifford county councillor Gerry Crawford stated Ms Connolly’s demise had solid a shadow around the complete neighborhood.

“The passing of anyone so young in this sort of tragic situations will be commonly felt. Our ideas and prayers are with her household cherished ones and her a lot of good friends at this most tricky of occasions.”

A Garda forensic crew put in the morning at the scene of the incident and gardaí in Letterkenny appealed for witnesses or everyone with video footage (which include sprint-cam footage) from the scene or alongside the route to appear forward.