Irish boy killed, brother seriously hurt in quad bike crash that also killed Portuguese boy; Driver 'left scene'

Coimbra General Hospital

Portuguese authorities are continuing investigations into a quad bike crash which reportedly claimed the life of an Irish boy.

The five-year-old is believed to have suffered severe head injuries in the incident 200km north of Lisbon in a quiet street in the town of Casal Novo in the Coimbra region on Friday night.

A six-year-old Portuguese boy, named as Martim Antunes, was also killed in the crash and the Irish child’s seven-year-old brother is in intensive care.

Local media sources say the children were passengers on a quad bike driven by an English man in his early 50s. It is reported the boys were not wearing helmets.

Antunes died at the scene, while the Irish boys suffered serious injuries and were taken to the Paediatric Hospital in Coimbre, where the five-year-old boy died.

His elder brother suffered multiple fractures and was said last night to be in a stable condition. The Irish boys’ mother — believed to be from Bangladesh — is at his bedside. Their father is understood to be Irish.

There was confusion over the nationalities of the family, with local press initially reporting they were British.`

However, locals said the family moved to Portugal approximately two years ago where they purchased a small pub.

The driver of the quad bike, believed to be a construction worker, suffered slight injuries and was reported to have left the scene of the accident.

He was later arrested and on Saturday was brought to court and charged with negligent homicide and a failure to aid police.

It is understood the quad bike involved in the incident was privately owned and that the crash took place not far from a bar owned by the boy’s parents.

It was reported that they moved to the area two years ago on buying the pub and that they knew the British driver of the quad bike.

It is understood he has been living in the area for a number of years.

The Department of Foreign Affairs say they have not received any requests for help from the boy's Irish family.

Additional reporting by the Irish Examiner's Noel Baker.

KEYWORDS: Quad bike crash
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