Damn…maybe ‘Final Destination’ is real…
A Purple Heart recipient survived a deadly suicide attack in Afghanistan, only to perish today in a violent car crash at his own birthday party in Long Island, officials said.
Smithtown resident Seamus Byrne, 33, had been celebrating his big day with friends at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub and was walking home at 1:45 a.m. when he was hit.
Byrne, who lived just a half-mile away from the pub, was in the cross walk headed home but realizing he had forgotten to say good night to one well-wisher, according to father-in-law James Gallagher.
When Byrne turned back, that’s when a 1998 Honda driven by Michael Armentano, 24, also of Smithtown, plowed into the vet, cops said.
Armentano has no priors and was not impaired, officials said. Cops are still investigating, but have so far ruled the tragic crash as an accident.
“He was just a really good guy, full if vigor and he loved his family,” Gallagher said of his fallen son-in-law. “It’s a tragedy.”
Byrne, a member of the Army National Guard’s Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment, was deployed to Afghanistan in January, 2008, his family said.
He was in a Humvee when a suicide bomber attacked nearby, killing nine and severely injuring Byrne.
The Kings Park, LI, native suffered a concussion was hospitalized for several months.
He’d been home in Long Island for two years but still struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disoder, according to Gallagher.
Still, Byrne persevered and worked as a carpenter. He and his wife Michelle had purchased a home two years ago and were raising their kids Seamus Jr., 10, and Ashley, 3.
R.I.P. to you Seamus Byrne, you served your country and we appreiciate your sacrifice. That being said…to get hit by a car on your birthday is some ol’ BULLSH*T! SMH