Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Family loses only son after crash kills teen

Keelan Mullan died in a collision with a tractor at the weekend in Co Derry
Keelan Mullan died in a collision with a tractor at the weekend in Co Derry

The death of a teenager killed in a weekend car crash near Limavady has left the local community devastated.

Keelan Mullan, the only son of a respected local family, died after the car he was driving collided with a tractor.

The 17-year-old, who was from the Drumsurn area, played for the local GAA club.

Sinn Fein councillor Brenda Chivers, who knew the victim, said the community was in shock after the tragedy.

“Keelan was a fine young man, very well-mannered and well-liked,” she said.

“His family are just devastated, as is the community. We are heartbroken. It feels like we’ve lost one of our own.

“He was just 17 and had only passed his test.

“Keelan was the only boy in the family, who are well-known people.

“Our hearts and our prayers are with the family at this time.”

Police said the accident occurred on the Drumsurn Road near the junction with the Cloghan Road at 10.20am on Saturday morning.

Keelan played for St Matthew’s GAC and was said to be a promising player.

A spokesman for the club said it was a terrible tragedy and extended their sympathies to the Mullan family.

A statement on its Twitter page said: “Drumsurn GAC is today mourning the loss of club member Keelan Mullan, our thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.”

A club jersey and flowers were left at the scene of the accident in a poignant tribute.

Limavady mayor Cathal McLaughlin, who visited the family home on Sunday, said that his relatives were heartbroken. The family is devastated, the whole area is in shock,” he said.

“This was their only child and they are struggling to come to terms with it. It’s a bitter blow, they are in pieces.

“It is a tragic accident and people are stunned to see another young life lost on the roads. My heart goes out to the family.”

Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

Meanwhile, the young teacher killed in a crash in Co Antrim last week was buried on Monday.

Lauren Minford was on her way to work when her car collided with a lorry on the Moneygran Road near Portglenone on Friday morning. Her funeral was held at St Patricks Church of Ireland in Ballymena.

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