Damon’s courage praised after Christmas Eve crash

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A young Killashee native has been praised for his courage and quick thinking following an accident on Christmas Eve.

Twelve-year-old Damon Hoyer Quinn was travelling home from midnight Mass with his brother Noah (8) and mother Nyree Hoyer when disaster struck.

Between Lanesboro and Killashee, the car in which the family were travelling hit a patch of black ice. Speaking to the Leader last week, the boy’s grandfather Pat Quinn explained that the car went off the road “rolled over several times, smashing through a gate” before it landed in a field.

Disoriented and in shock, the family had no idea which way was up as the car was upside down on its roof, Pat explained. It was then that Damon took action.

The brave young boy first did his best to reassure his mother and brother before turning his attention to the windows.

The car’s roof had been crushed in the incident, which meant that the family were trapped in the car.

The Templemichael College student calmly kicked out the passenger window, and, freeing himself from the vehicle, ran to the road to flag down some help.

Once he succeeded, Damon went back to his family, crawling back into the car to help them out.

Though extremely proud of their “little hero”, Pat says that the family are only too aware of how different their Christmas could have been.

Just weeks after the event, Pat says he was taken by how level-headed and calm his grandson had been.

“We reckoned that Damon’s actions were very calm and brave under pressure in a traumatic situation,” Pat proudly explained.




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