A TEACHER was killed and a six-year-old girl rushed to hospital after being mowed down by a 4×4 near a school.
Tragic Dawn Croke, aged in her 30s, was hit by a car in Co. Donegal close to St Crona’s National School.
The young girl was also rushed to hospital following the horror smash but her condition is not known.
Dawn was declared dead at the scene at around 6.30pm last night.
Tributes have now flooded for the teacher, who worked at Rosses Community School along with her dad Tony.
A notice sent to all pupils read “Rosses Community School will be closed tomorrow due to a bereavement in the school community.
“Our condolences to the family. The school will be open from 9.30am for support for all members of the school community.”
Dawn was crowned Mary in 2008 at the popular Mary From Dungloe International Festival pageant.
A spokesperson for the Mary from Dungloe committee said: ‘I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of the late Dawn Croke who sadly passed away today.
“Dawn was the Dungloe Mary in 2008, my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.We are asking committee members and Mary’s past and present to join us for a guard of honour at Dawn’s funeral.”
Cop confirmed they are investigating the horror last night but details surrounding the incident are still unclear.
They were pictured combing a white 4×4 for clues.
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A spokesman for the Garda said: “Gardaí are investigating a fatal traffic collision at Chapel Road, Dungloe, Co. Donegal at 6.30pm on 10th January 2018.
“A woman in her 30s was fatally injured when she was struck by a car.
“A six-year-old girl was also injured and has been taken to University Hospital Letterkenny. The driver of the car was not injured.”