A groom was killed in a horrible crash just hours before he was set to get married.
Miley Harty, 20, was supposed to marry his partner Kate Quilligan at St Munchin’s Church in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, August 21.
Miley, or knows as Myles to his friends, was a front passenger of a car that swerved off into a pole at around 1 am at Cragmore on the Askeaton to Rathkeale Road in Limerick.
Myles died instantly while a man, who was in the back seat, is being treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Reports say that the crash happened after another car drove the wrong way down a motorway when a vehicle was seen driving toward oncoming traffic on the M6.
It is thought the single-occupant vehicle traveled the wrong way down a slip road and onto the dual carriageway and collided head-on with a car carrying three people.
An 18-year-old, whom the officers believe to be driving the car, was arrested at the scene, on suspicion of committing an offense under the Road Traffic Act and is being held at being held in Henry Street Garda Station.
Myles is the eighth person to have died of road carnage in a week on Irish roads since Wednesday.
It follows the deaths of four people, including an infant, on Thursday evening in a crash just outside Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
Just hours later she was informed of the tragic loss of her husband-to-be. On social media, Kate posted the final photograph she had of the couple together.
“Baby this is our last pic we had together but it won’t be our last I promise you that. Me and you together forever no matter what,” the devastated bride wrote. “I love you my first and last love.”
Kate, from High Road, Thomondgate, Limerick City later told that they would be letting balloons off at the church.
“I’m leaving off balloons at 3 o’clock today (at) st munchins church for my lovely husband because that’s we’re we all should be celebrating the best day of our life at that church but instead it’s the worst,” Kate said.
“I love you forever my brownie. it will always be me & you no matter what,” Kate added. “I love you unconditionally my gentle giant you didn’t deserve this, my handsome baby boy.”
Kate was supported by hundreds of family and friends, including those who should have been celebrating the couple’s wedding, as they mourned outside the church where they were due to tie the knot.
A sound system played music as dozens of blue heart-shaped balloons which read “King For A Day” and “20”, were released into the sky above the church grounds.
Father Sean O’Longaigh, Askeaton Parish Priest told how the town was shocked and added that Myles was well-known in his rural west Limerick community.
“It’s very sad for the families, they are now switching from a wedding to a funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, naturally,” he said.
“Myles was a young person who grew up locally, he went to the local school, he’d have an awful lot of relations around Askeaton,” he continued. “He was due to get married in Limerick today, yes, the family must be in bits.”
Hundreds of tributes were paid to Mr. Miley on social media as people passed on their condolences.
“My heart is broke for his beautiful girlfriend Kate I can’t even imagine the pain this girl must be feeling for her boyfriend to be taken away the night before her wedding every girl waits for that day there whole life,” a person has said.
“Please everyone keep Miley’s family and his girlfriend kate in your prayers,” a second one added.
“Can’t believe it,” another wrote. “Rest in peace Miley. God be with you, my friend. Nicest boy you could have met. Just one day before his wedding. Condolence to his family at this awful sad time.”
Just hours before her fiancé’s death, Kate has posted a photograph on Facebook of herself beside a message for Miley.
“Can’t believe I’m marrying my best friend in the whole world in the morning,” the caption reads. “See you at the altar babes. Husband and wife in the morning, our fairytale has finally come.”
The teenager who is believed to have been driving the car that Myles was in has been arrested and the authorities in Galway are still trying to identify all the victims in the three-car smash.
Meanwhile, police have yet to formally identify the four victims of a horror three-car collision on the M6 at Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
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