Laura Connolly was knocked down and killed following a night out with friends (Image: Irish Mirror)
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A woman killed in a hit-and-run had just hours earlier been window shopping for a dress ahead of her wedding next year.
Laura Connolly, 34, was knocked down and killed after she was returning from a night out with friends in the early hours of Sunday morning in Donegal, North West Ireland.
Family and friends of the mum-of-one, from the village of Lifford, have posted tributes to her on social media, reports the Irish Mirror.
According to friends Laura was due to marry her partner and teenage sweetheart Joe McCullagh next year.
Joe McCullagh and the couple’s young son Jamie are being consoled by family and friends.
Friends say Laura had been browsing for wedding dresses in nearby Strabane earlier in the day and had decided to go out with friends later that night.
The scene of the incident in Donegal
Gardai had issued an appeal for the driver involved in the incident to come forward.
On Sunday, a man in his 40s was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. He is being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.
Laura was returning home from a night out in the early hours of this morning and had just said goodbye to a friend as she walked towards Townspark, Lifford, on the N15 road.
However, she was struck by a van which failed to remain at the scene.
Laura was rushed by ambulance to Letterkenny University Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.
A post mortem is due to be held later.
The close-knit border town where Laura grew up has been left stunned by her death.
One of Laura’s many friends, Strabane SDLP councillor Jason Barr said his heart “ached” at the news that his friend had been killed.
He said: “My heart aches this morning at the devastating news of Laura Connolly.
“Laura was one of the most caring, outgoing, bubbly, mad as a box of frogs girls you could ever meet, If you wanted a laugh, Laura would have given it to you.
“I called bingo where she lives last year and her nickname for me since then was (ALL The 4s). A young life taken too soon in such tragic circumstances.
“My whole-hearted condolences go out to her mum and dad, Fiancé, son, siblings, the wider Connolly family circle and her close friends.
“May God give you all the strength to get through this. I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward, this family will need closure. Rest easy Laura.”
Laura’s heartbroken uncle Andy Connolly had earlier appealed to whoever knocked her down or anybody who might have information about the incident to come forward.
He wrote on Facebook “Anybody with any information in relation to the killing and hit and run of our happy go lucky bubbly niece Laura Connolly at the Lifford roundabout last night contact any of us with any details or even the proper authorities!!!
“This is a traumatic experience for everybody in our family a very massive shock of a girl so full of life a son and boyfriend father mother and brother all left with the world turned upside down..if you know who this small van killer is please get in touch.”
Andy added that the entire family will remember the better times they shared.
He added “Rip Laura. You’ll be sorely missed always. I’ll always remember good aul laughs we had. Rest easy from your maddest uncle be no stone left unturned…please share xx.”
Local Lifford county councillor Gerry Crawford said Laura’s death had cast a shadow over the entire community.
“The terrible news reaching into this Community this morning has cast a shadow of sadness over a wide area.
“The passing of someone so young in Such tragic circumstances will be widely felt.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family loved ones and her many friends at this most difficult of times.”
A Garda forensic team spent the morning at the scene of the incident.
Gardaí at Letterkenny are appealing for witnesses.
Traffic diversions were put in place and the scene was preserved for examination by scenes of crime officers and Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.
Investigating Gardaí are also appealing to those with video footage (including dashcam) from the scene and along this route to make it available to them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station 074 9167116 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.