Woman killed in horror hit-and-run was preparing to get married and had been window shopping for dresses before tragedy

A Woman killed in a ­hit-and-operate was planning to get married – and had been window procuring for wedding day dresses a handful of hrs right before the tragedy.

Mum-of-a single Laura Connolly, 34, was knocked down as she was returning from a night time out in Co Donegal with good friends at all over 2.45am in early hrs of Sunday morning.

Cops at the scene of the horror smash


Cops at the scene of the horror smash
Laura Connolly was killed in a hit and run in the early hours of Sunday morning


Laura Connolly was killed in a strike and run in the early several hours of Sunday morning
Forensic officers were examining the scene


Forensic officers had been analyzing the scene

Her devastated lover Joe ­McCullagh and their young son Jamie were being becoming ­consoled by family members and friends.

The couple, who had been teenage sweethearts, have been owing to tie the knot following calendar year.

Laura, from the ­border village of Lifford, experienced been out searching dresses in nearby Strabane previously in the working day and decided to go out with close friends afterwards that night time.

She was struck by a white van, which failed to continue to be at the scene, though returning residence.


Bride-to-be Laura had just said goodbye to a pal as she walked in the direction of Townspark, in Lifford, on the N15.

She was rushed by ambulance to Letterkenny ­University Medical center but was ­pronounced useless a small time later on.

Gardai had issued an attractiveness for the driver involved in the deadly crash to appear forward.

And previously currently, a guy in his 40s was arrested underneath Section 4 of the Felony Justice Act.

He was staying questioned at Letterkenny Garda Station.

A article-mortem is thanks to be held, with the Coroner notified.


The near-knit city where by Laura grew up was remaining surprised by her loss of life.

Strabane SDLP Councillor Jason Barr explained his heart “ached” at the “devastating” news that his good friend experienced been killed.

He said: “Laura was just one of the most caring, outgoing, bubbly, mad as a box of frogs ladies you could at any time fulfill.

“If you wanted a giggle, Laura would have gave it to you.

“I known as bingo wherever she life final year and her nickname for me considering that then was All The 4s. A young daily life taken way too before long in such tragic circumstances.

“My complete-hearted condolences go out to her mum and father, fiancé, son, siblings, the broader Connolly household circle and her near close friends. May perhaps God give you all the toughness to get as a result of this.

“I would attractiveness to everyone with info to occur ahead, this family members will will need closure. Rest easy Laura.”


And Laura’s heartbroken uncle Andy Connolly appealed to whoever knocked her down or persons with information of the incident to get in touch with cops.

He wrote on Fb: “Anybody with any facts in relation to the killing and hit-and-run of our content-go-fortunate bubbly niece Laura Connolly at the Lifford roundabout contact any of us with any facts or even the proper authorities.

“This is a traumatic expertise for everyone in our loved ones, a pretty large shock, of a female so whole of everyday living.

“A son and boyfriend, father, mom and brother all remaining with the globe turned upside down. If you know who this modest van killer is be sure to get in touch.”

Grieving Andy added that the entire household will try to remember the superior instances they shared.

He claimed: “Rip Laura. You will be sorely skipped often. I’ll usually don’t forget great aul laughs we experienced. Rest effortless from your maddest uncle be no stone left unturned.”

Impacted Community

Community Lifford councillor Gerry Crawford said Laura’s death had influenced the entire community.

He added: “The horrible information achieving into this group this morning has forged a shadow of unhappiness in excess of a huge space.

“The passing of an individual so youthful in these tragic situation will be broadly felt.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her spouse and children, liked kinds and her several pals at this most difficult of moments.”

A Garda forensic workforce put in Sunday early morning at the scene of the strike-and-operate.

Traffic diversions were being place in area for a time and the scene was ­preserved for evaluation by scenes-of-crime officers and also forensic collision investigators.

Gardai issued an attractiveness for any ­witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Officers are also asking all those with video footage, such as sprint-cam clips, from the scene and together the route Laura was killed on to make it accessible to them.

You can get hold of Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 916 7116 or the Garda Private Line on 1800 666 111 with any information.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses


Gardai have appealed for witnesses