Irish girl hit and killed by runaway car in New York

AN IRISH girl has died and her sister has been left critically injured after a car mowed them down at a carnival in New York.

According to police, the female driver of the car – a Jeep – ploughed into a group of revelers, including the two girls. It is believed she may have suffered a heart attack at the wheel.

The two victims, Kalie Gill,15,  who died, and her sister Lindsay, 12, had recently emigrated to America from Co. Leitrim.

They had been among 500 attending an Autumn fundraising carnival on Friday night for St. Paul’s church in the Irish American neighbourhood of Woodlawn, New York.

 Members of the close-knit Irish community in Woodlawn, where the girls lived, held a candlelit vigil on Saturday for the Gill family in Coyne Park, near the scene of the accident. Prayers were led by Monsignor Edward Barry of nearby St. Barnabas Church.

A special mass was also held on Saturday afternoon at St. Paul’s Parish and the Reverend James Healy led the prayers for the family, calling it a “day of sorrow”

The accident occurred only days after Kalie had celebrated her fifteenth birthday.

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