Mum’s tribute to girl, 11, killed in crash who ‘lived life so bright’

by Sylvia Pownall

The grieving mum of a schoolgirl from Ongar who died following a car crash last Saturday has paid tribute to her “inspiring and full of life” daughter.

Ashley Bombita (11) died from injuries sustained in a collision in Lucan which left her father, Billy, and sister, April, also hospitalised.

She was rushed to Temple Street Hospital for Children but sadly lost her fight for life on Monday.

Her devastated mother, Rowena, who moved to Ireland from The Philippines, posted a tribute to her on social media saying she “loved being alive and just in the moment” and that she “touched so many lives”.

She said: “I thank God for 11 wonderful and meaningful years spent with you. Those days when you inspired me to be grateful even for the littlest and simplest blessings in life.

“Nothing compares to you giving me hugs and kisses when I am down.

“You loved kissing and clinging unto me. I felt so much compassion from you.

“You reminded me not to hold grudges and to just enjoy and celebrate life. You lived your days so bright. You loved being alive and just being with the moment.

“Your smile was contagious. You loved people. And people loved you.”

The family will host Ashley’s viewing this Thursday and Friday from 10am to 1pm, and from 4pm to 7pm at Lucan Baptist Church for those who want to pay their respects.

Gardai have appealed for anyone with dashcam footage or information on Saturday’s fatal single vehicle collision at 11.30am on the Lower Lucan Road to come forward.

Ashley’s dad, Billy, and her seven-year-old sister April were also treated in hospital for their injuries, which are described as non-life threatening.

Mum Rowena revealed: “You were April’s advocate. You were her mentor. You were an inspiration, my Ashleytot. It has been a pleasure and honour to be your Mom.

“Til we meet again my tweeny.”

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