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Teenage victim of Limavady car crash is buried

By Clare Weir

Published 21/12/2005

THE teenage victim of a tragic car accident in Co Londonderry at the weekend was yesterday laid to rest.

THE teenage victim of a tragic car accident in Co Londonderry at the weekend was yesterday laid to rest.

Schoolfriends of David McClay (13) joined his parents, brother and sister at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Trench Road in Derry's Waterside to hear a "liturgy of the word".

The choir from Oakgrove College, where David was a second year pupil, sang at the short service, while Father Brian McCaughey paid tribute to his "popularity" and "good nature".

David died early on Saturday morning when the car he was travelling in was in collision with another vehicle at Ballykelly Road, Limavady.

He was carried from his aunt and uncle's house on Victoria Road and after the service was interred at Ballyoan cemetery.

His mother Michelle Owens and father Phillip McClay accompanied David's siblings Simon and Susannah to the service.

David's principal Marie Cowan said in a statement: "This was a very moving and sad day.

"The whole school is very upset and both pupils and staff were very shocked at David's death. The choir sang at the funeral and hope it provides some comfort for the family."

Last night, Northern Ireland's roads claimed another life - the sixth in three days.

A 35-year-old woman died in south Armagh when her Renault Megane was in collision with a Volvo lorry on Concession Road, outside Crossmaglen. The lorry driver suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile, the PSNI have named two young men killed after a car crash in Newtownards, Co Down on Monday night.

They were Paul Shaw (25), of Court Street, Newtownards, and 19-year-old Philip Harkness, of Belfast Road, Comber.

The crash, which involved two vehicles, happened at the Kempestones Road, Newtownards.

So far, 129 people have lost their lives on the province's roads this year.

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