LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) – Fourteen year old Conor Irwin was his mom Holly’s best friend, her soul mate. He was athletic, he was funny, and most of all he was kind.
The Ledyard teen would often wear his lacrosse helmet while skateboarding. He wanted a skateboard helmet which gives more protection to the back of the head.
“I said put it on your Christmas list which is the biggest mistake ever,” said an emotional Irwin. “Don’t put safety equipment on a Christmas list.”
Irwin did plan to get her son that helmet sooner but the day before she could get to the store he fell and hit his head. He didn’t have a helmet on and he fought for his life ten days before he passed away.
“If he would have had a helmet on maybe he would be here today,” said Irwin through tears. “They don’t know.”
Irwin soon made it her mission to keep her son’s memory alive and his desire to help others. She worked tirelessly to get Conor’s Law passed. This week as part of a larger state Department of Transportation bill it was approved by the house and senate.
If the bill gets the governor’s signature children fifteen years old and younger will have to wear a helmet if they are inline skating, roller skating, or on a skateboard.
“Connor has to continue to help people since he is not here to continue to help people then he’s leaving that up to me,” Irwin told News8 outside her Ledyard home.
Because of her, children seen at the nearby Groton skate park could all be wearing helmets not just some of them.
“Do you know what would be satisfaction? The impossible,” said Irwin. “To make sure that there is not one traumatic head brain injury, not one death, not one accident where a kid ends up on life support in a hospital.”
Irwin is hoping this is the start of something bigger and Conor’s law will become the law of the land in Connecticut and beyond.