Zoe Scannell was just eight-years-old when the car she was travelling in was involved in a horrific crash.


The youngster was returning home after a family holiday in West Cork when a vehicle veered onto the wrong side of the road crashing into the car carrying Zoe and her mum, Elisha.


Sadly little Zoe was pronounced dead at the scene while Elisha had to spend over two weeks in hospital.


In a statement released after 18-year-old Ian Lawlor O’Donovan received a two year suspended sentence for dangerous driving and causing the death of Zoe, Elisha said:


“Zoe was bursting with energy for life. Taking it easy was not in her vocabulary and I often wonder deep down did she know she only had a short life to cram everything into. She was my best friend and I was hers. Once we had each other nothing else mattered. We were the other half that made each other complete. Our life without Zoe now is empty.”


The driver of the car was an unaccompanied learner driver and Judge O’Donnabhain said it underlines why learners need to have a more experienced driver with them at all times.


The Judge noted the teenager’s remorse and early plea and along with his suspended sentence banned him from driving for six years.


Such a tragic case our thoughts are with Elisha and her family.