Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Tributes for Antrim crash victim: Community in shock after young woman’s road death

A young woman who died in hospital after her car collided with a minibus was both popular and held in very high regard by her local community, a councillor has said.

Brenda Anne Kennedy (35) from the Creagh Hill area of Toomebridge, Co Antrim, was badly injured in the crash as she travelled to work at W McGillian & Co Accountants in Draperstown, on Friday morning.

She was taken to Antrim Area Hospital in a critical condition after the crash on the Roshure Road in Desertmartin, Co Londonderry, but died on Saturday from her injuries.

She is survived by her husband Ciaran and wider family circle.

Two women, an eight-year-old girl and an 18-year-old disabled man were on the minibus travelling to Kilronan School for children with special needs. They were treated in hospital on Friday for non-life threatening injuries.

Police in Magherafelt are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Ms Kennedy was the 37th person to die in a road accident in Northern Ireland this year.

Draperstown Sinn Fein councillor Brian McGuigan told the Belfast Telegraph how Brenda Kennedy (nee McKenna) was well thought of by many people.

“The Ballinascreen community is saddened to learn of Brenda’s death,” he said.

“She was a native of the parish and was held in very high regard and well liked.

“In her work she dealt with a lot of tradespeople, business people and farmers.

“We are all deeply shocked. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

Councillor Catherine Elattar also paid tribute to the former student at the University of Ulster and St Mary’s Grammar School in Magherafelt.

“It is a tragedy that a young woman has lost her life,” Ms Elattar said.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the McKenna and Kennedy family.”

A date for Mrs Kennedy’s funeral is to be announced following a post mortem examination.

Meanwhile, a 48-year-old cyclist is critically ill at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after being injured on Sunday morning on the Old Ballynahinch Road in Lisburn.

He was involved in a collision with a car.

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