This was my sister's good friend from high school's daughter. I went to the wake, it was probably the saddest wake I have ever been to (and probably will ever go to).
Southeast girl, 5, killed in Long Island accident
By Barbara Livingston Nackman and Sean Gorman
The Journal News • August 20, 2008
SOUTHEAST - A 5-year-old girl from Southeast was killed Sunday on Long Island when the toy wagon in which she was playing careered down a sloping driveway and was struck by an oncoming car, police said.
Margaret Sheerin was taken to Southampton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, East Hampton town police said yesterday.
A 2002 Saab driven by Erika Halweil, 31, of Sag Harbor was traveling east on Route 27 - Montauk Highway - near Surf Drive.
The child was riding her Radio Flyer wagon when it rolled down the steep driveway. Her 2-year-old sister, Kiera Elizabeth Sheerin, was nearby but was not involved or injured.
The family had just arrived at the Amagansett home and members were unpacking their car, Police Chief Todd H. Sarris said. The two young girls were sitting in beach chairs in the driveway and their father, Christopher Sheerin, went inside to get them some water when he heard the wheels of the wagon. The father ran outside but was unable to catch his daughter.
The house at 731 Montauk Highway was owned by a deceased aunt of Sheerin's, and the family was familiar with Amagansett. The house was about 1 1/2 miles from the beach.
Halweil swerved and hit a guardrail trying to avoid the collision, police said. She suffered minor injuries and also was taken to Southampton Hospital.
Police are still investigating, but no charges have been filed. "Anytime, when a child of this age is involved, it just shakes everyone up," Sarris said. "Even our guys, who investigate a lot of accidents, were affected by this."
Margaret lived in Southeast with her mother, Sheila Moran Sheerin.
Charlene Tretera, a friend of Sheila Sheerin's who was at her home yesterday, called Margaret a "special angel." "She was just very special," Tretera said. "(She was) energetic, lively, beautiful, loved to dance, just loved life more than anything." Tretera said Margaret, who loved Irish step dancing, had lots of close friends. "She was just a very special friend even at her age of 5," Tretera said.
A wake will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster. A Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Brewster.
Reach Barbara Livingston Nackman at bnackman@LoHud.com or 845-228-2272.
SHEERIN, MARGARET ANNE
Maggie Anne Sheerin, age 5, died Sunday, August 17, 2008 in South Hampton, LI, NY. Maggie Anne was born in Mt. Kisco, NY on February 26, 2003 to Christopher and Sheila (Moran) Sheerin. Maggie Anne had lived in Brewster for the past 4 years and Mt. Kisco during her first year. She was an Irish Step Dancer and enjoyed swimming and coloring. She loved princesses and playing dress up. Maggie Anne had shown great potential through her artistic abilities. Besides her parents, Maggie Anne is survived by a sister, Kiera Elizabeth Sheerin of Brewster; her maternal grandmother Margaret Moran of Mt. Kisco; her paternal grandparents, James and Carol Sheerin of North Salem, NY; two uncles, Patrick and Kathy Moran, Brendan Moran; four aunts, Mary and Scott May, Debbie and Daniel Clifford, Patricia and Thomas Quaglino and Carolyn and Brian Bender; her bunny Flopsy and her fish Minnie and Backpack. Also several cousins and the many, many friends she made wherever she went. Maggie Anne was pre-deceased by her grandfather Terence Moran. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 22, 2008 10AM at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, Brewster, NY. Interment following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.