Tragic Shane, 20, was on a life-support machine after being hit by a truck at Lurgybrack Hill on the outskirts of Letterkenny just after 4am yesterday morning.
His family this afternoon made the heartwrenching decision to turn off his life-support machine after bravely agreeing to donate some of his organs.
Shane, the eldest of a family of four to parents PJ and Kay Bonner from Main Street in Convoy, was a talented cross country runner and a talented footballer.
He was in second year studying Civil Engineering at Letterkenny IT where he had just completed exams.
Close family friend and athletics coach Patsy McGonagle said he is devastated for Shane, his family and his wide circle of family and friends.
The well-known sports coach revealed how he had only had a cup of tea with Shane hours before the tragedy.
“He texted me and told me about how well his exams had gone and he came over and we had a cup of tea. He was such a decent and likeable lad.
“I am heartbroken for his parents PJ and Kay and his brothers and sister and everyone who knows him. He was a very talented athlete from an early age.
“He was a good young fella who loved sport and was a good student. He lived life to the full but he still had so much to live for. It’s tragic,” he said.
Gardai are still investigating the cause of the accident but it is believed that Shane may have been trying to hail a taxi when he was struck by a truck.
Emergency services were on the scene within minutes and he was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital
Garda Inspector Michael Harrison appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to come forward.
“We would like anyone who was in the Lurgybrack area near the Dry Arch roundabout between 4am and 4.30am to contact us. They may have noticed something very small that could help us,” he said.