Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Mum hopeful daughters will survive crash

The mother of two young girls who were critically injured in a horrific crash that killed their father and eight-year-old sister was today said to be feeling more hopeful that her daughters will pull through.

The sisters - aged four and five - whose father James McGuigan and sister Lorna died when the car they were travelling in hit a tree on Crumlin's Ballyhill Road on Friday morning, are believed to be battling against the odds and responding to treatment in hospital.

However, a 10-year-old boy continued to fight for his life today after being knocked down by two cars while walking in Lurgan on Christmas Eve. Police said a man was arrested following the accident on the Lough Road.

The boy is one of three young children critically injured during nine days of Christmas carnage on Ulster's roads that left six people dead.

David Heaslip (18), from Ballymiscaw Road, Holywood, died on Christmas Eve after suffering serious injuries in a two-car collision on Belfast's Belmont Road on Friday.

On Saturday, pedestrian Matthew Dagens (15), died after being struck by a car on the Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick, at around 9.30am on Friday. It is believed he had just left a bus when he was knocked down.

Police officers on Friday revisited the scene of an accident that claimed the lives of two best friends near Portrush on December 16. They were hoping to speak to motorists who may have been on the Ballyboggy Road at the time Lisa McFerran and Claire Wakelam were struck by a car.

Meanwhile, a large crowd is expected at the funeral of James McGuigan and his daughter Lorna tomorrow.

A service is due to be held at St Oliver Plunkett's Church in Lenadoon, with interment at Roselawn cemetery.

Father Aidan Troy said the local community had rallied around to help support Lorna's mother, whose two other daughters remain seriously ill in hospital following the crash.

"The two young girls are holding very well. They still have a long way to go but their mother is feeling more confident now."

The PSNI has issued an urgent call to motorists to help prevent further deaths and serious injuries over the festive season by taking greater care on the roads.

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