Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Runaway car crush man George Wilson lay dying in wife's arms

George Wilson died after a car pinned him against a wall
George Wilson died after a car pinned him against a wall

THE frantic wife of a father-of-two was among the first on the scene when her husband was crushed by a runaway car at work and cradled him in her arms before he died.

George Wilson was moving vehicles at a car dealership when a car rolled into him, pinning him against a wall, local people said.

The 51-year-old father of two young daughters died at the scene.

The accident happened shortly after 9am on Saturday in a car park beside the Monaghan Brothers car dealership on Main Street in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh.

Mr Wilson had worked for the firm since 2009. His wife, Jenny, is originally from Lisnaskea.

A family friend said she had been in the town when she was told her husband had been hurt.

She arrived at the scene minutes later. Despite the efforts of colleagues, Mr Wilson died at the scene as his wife comforted him.

Sinn Fein MLA Sean Lynch, who lives near the dealership, said Mr Wilson was a popular man. "It's terrible for something like this to happen any time, but particularly in the face of Christmas with two young children."

Sinn Fein councillor Thomas O'Reilly, who lives in Newtownbutler, also knew Mr Wilson.

"It's just one of those things you can't legislate for," he said.

"As you can imagine the family is devastated with such a sudden bereavement. He was a very respected man who lived in Newtownbutler all his life and was well-liked in the town."

Mr Wilson's children are said to be aged 10 and 14.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP MLA Arlene Foster said the community would rally round.

A police spokeswoman said an investigation was under way.

QUOTES

"It's just one of those things you can't legislate for. You can imagine that the family is devastated with such a sudden bereavement.

"He was a very respected man who lived in Newtownbutler all his life."

Thomas O'Reilly Sinn Fein

"It's terrible for this to happen in the face of Christmas."

Sinn Fein MLA Sean Lynch

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