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Meet the people who have lost their lives in a collision, and listen to how it has affected their families.

Gay Byrne, Chairman of the RSA says, "Across Ireland people were deeply moved by these true-life stories of road tragedy – and the courage of the families and individuals who opened their hearts so profoundly. Please listen to what these people have to say. They don’t want other families to suffer crashed lives after loosing a loved one on our roads."

James

James' story:

James Nash was from Kilworth in County Cork.  He was killed on the 5th of February, 2000. He was 19 years of age

That night, on the N8 north of Fermoy, he was walking home in the dark when he was struck by an articulated lorry and instantly killed.

"Everything was coming right for him”, says his father, Jim, recalling that his son was training to be a chef.  "If only he had worn a visibility jacket that night."

Conor's story:

Conor Coleman was from Dunderrow, outside Kinsale in County Cork.  He was killed on Saturday the 29th of September 2001.  He was 15 years of age.

Near Innishannon on the N7, he was in a collision and six of out seven people were killed. Conor was sitting behind the driver and his neck was broken in the impact.

His father, Batt Coleman, recounts how the whole community was devastated by the loss of life. "There’s a whole lot of living to do between 15 and 70. Don't throw it all away – it's gone forever if you do".

Sarah

Sarah's story:

Sarah Fitzgerald was from Two Mile House outside Naas in County Kildare.  She was killed on Saturday, the 11th of August, 2007.  She was 19 years of age.

On a junction near her home, she died in a collision only two weeks after her younger sister, Katie, died from a two year illness.

Sarah’s parents, David and Tina Fitzgerald, talk about Sarah and the loss they have suffered. "Life is fragile – especially on the roads," Sarah's father says. "You can’t be careful enough. Even when you think you are safe, you’re in danger."

Emma's story

Emma Hastings died when she was 17, on Valentine's Day, 2002, when she got a lift in Summerhill, County Meath.  "You have no idea how many lives are devastated by a car crash," says her mother, Catherine Hastings.

Miclín's story

Miclín Feeney survived his crash on Halloween night, 2004.  But he suffered a brain injury. He was 23 years of age. He crashed in Lettermullen, County Galway: "I made a stupid mistake," he says.  "If you think drinking and driving is cool, just think of me.  Never risk it."

Errin's story

Errin Crawley died on the M50 on Dublin on 28th November, 2004.  She was 22 years of age.  Her mother, Betty Cawley says that Errin left her mark on the world: "She insisted we all put on our seatbelts.  That's why the three of us who were also in the car are still alive."

Fran's story

Fran Mitchell, from Greystones, County Wicklow, died only five minutes from his home in a car crash on 23rd July 2005.  He was 27 years of age.

His brother Charlie tells his story and highlights the danger of driving while fatigued.

"Fran drove home stone cold sober." He was coming home late after working a late shift and then watching a movie with a friend. "At 1:30 am, he crashed into a wall and died instantly. Fran had dozed off at the wheel."