Irish athletics star dies in car crash on Valentine's day 10 months ago

Irish athletics star dies in car crash on Valentine's day

The 33-year old died just blocks away from his home.

A former Coastal Carolina cross-country runner and volunteer coach was killed suddenly in a car crash in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday of this week.

Jamie McCarthy, a 33-year-old distance runner from Cork who was killed in a car crash near his South Carolina home on Wednesday, 14 February.

The Cork-native was part of the Irish junior team that won silver medals at the European Cross Country Championships back in 2004, and the had been based in the US ever since following acceptance of a scholarship to Coastal Carolina University.

McCarthy continued to work there following his degree as a volunteer coach.

He had been driving near his home with his girlfriend, Cristina Martinescu, when the crash happened. It was reported that Martinescu was on life support last night at a local hospital.

According to officials, McCarthy was pronounced dead on Wednesday night at Grand Strand Medical Centre in Myrtle Beach after suffering mass trauma.

Image cred: Myrtle Beach Online