Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Two more killed on roads as dad and daughter laid to rest

Tributes have been pouring in for a popular teenage Tyrone couple who died in a road crash over the weekend — the second double fatality in the space of two days.

The pair were killed on Saturday — only 48 hours after the death of father and daughter Colin and Hannah Doherty whose funeral took place in Co Londonderry yesterday.

Kevin Conway (18) and Lisa O’Donnell (16) were killed when their car smashed into a tanker on the Termon Road close to Pomeroy on Saturday afternoon.

Those who knew the pair are devastated.

Many friends of the young pair also taking to Facebook and Twitter to pay their respects.

Lisa’s cousin Aisling McAleer said she didn’t know how she was going to live without her.

“She was like a sister to me. She lived life to the full, she didn't have a grudge against anybody — everybody loved her. Everybody is just devastated,” she said.

Sinn Fein councillor Cathal Mallaghan — who visited the families yesterday — said they were in a “bad way”.

“It’s terrible and a tragedy. The Conways are a great family and the couple were very popular and had a lot of friends,” he said.

Teenager Kevin Conway was a keen hurler and had been studying at Dean Maguirc College in Carrickmore, where he lived with his parents Francis and Pauline.

His girlfriend Lisa was a pupil at Sacred Heart College in Omagh and lived in the nearby village of Loughmacrory with her parents, Sean and Brigid.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein MP for Mid Ulster, expressed his deepest sympathy to both the Conway and O'Donnell families.

“Their loss is undoubtedly a sad and tragic occasion but given its closeness to Christmas such a loss will be all the more sorrowful,” he said. “Sadly we have seen too many deaths on our roads in recent weeks and we must do our utmost to ensure care is taken on the roads in the Christmas period.”

The deaths bring the number of those killed on our roads to 45 this year — with five people killed since Thursday last week.

Elsewhere the funeral of 15-year-old Hannah Doherty and her father Colin took place in Magherafelt yesterday morning.

The pair were killed after their car collided with a cattle lorry outside the town on Thursday night.

Yesterday Pastor John McDermott paid tribute to them at Magherafelt Baptist Church.

“The place was packed, with hundreds left out in the rain which pays testimony to the kind of people they were,” he said.

Hannah — a pupil at Rainey Endowed — was about to start her mock GCSEs and had planned on becoming a journalist.

The recent spate of deaths have prompted Environment Minister Alex Attwood to urge motorists to be be “as careful as possible” in the run-up to the New Year.

“This has been one of the worst periods for crashes and deaths on the road for some considerable time,” he said.

“I wish to express my condolences to the families of those involved in the latest road tragedies.”

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