A mum who was hit and killed by a run-away driver had been out shopping for a wedding dress just hours earlier.

Tragic Laura Connolly was mowed down as she returned from a night out with pals early in the morning in Donegal, Ireland.

The 34-year-old’s death has sparked an outpouring of grief from her loved ones – including her childhood sweetheart who she was due to wed.

Devastated Joe McCullagh and the couple’s young son Jamie are being consoled at home, the Irish Mirror reports.

One of Laura’s many mates, SDLP councillor Jason Barr, said his heart “ached” at the intense trauma.

“Laura was one of the most caring, outgoing, bubbly, mad as a box of frogs girls you could ever meet,” he said.

“If you wanted a laugh, Laura would have gave it to you.

“A young life taken too soon in such tragic circumstances.”

Laura was raced to Letterkenny University Hospital after she was hammered by the hit-and-run driver in a white van as she walked towards Townspark, Lifford on the N15 road.

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Gardai had issued an appeal for the driver involved in the incident to come forward.

And on Sunday, a man in his 40s was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and is being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.

It comes after her family's pleas and Laura’s shocked uncle, Andy Connolly, taking to Facebook to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

He wrote: “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.”

He added that the whole family will focus on the good times they had together and said: “Rest easy from your maddest uncle be no stone left unturned…please share xx.”

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