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Mum's anguish as stolen car hits girl

By Clare Weir and Claire McNeilly

Published 03/12/2007

An Ulster mother today spoke of her anguish after her nine-year-old daughter was hit by the driver of a stolen car.

Jean Bradley said that her daughter, Shannon-Lee, was hit by a stolen BMW when it ploughed into her cousin's car just yards from the family's home in Londonderry.

The car was stolen from outside shops on Elagh Road on Saturday evening.

Ms Bradley said today: "I was over with my sister-in-law at about 8.30pm. Her house is across the street from mine.

Shannon-Lee was with me because she normally doesn't leave my side. Her cousin was there and asked her if she wanted to go for a wee spin to the shop so she went outside and went round to get into her cousin's car. It went ‘wang' and a car went into the side of her and just kept on go ing."

Ms Bradley, from Friel Close in Ballymagroarty, said her daughter was lucky to be alive.

"If it had been a couple of seconds before or after she could have been much more badly hurt," she said.

The mother added that the owner of the stolen BMW car arrived as her daughter was being taken to Altnagelvin Hospital. Young Shannon-Lee was left badly bruised from her hip down to her knees on the left side and has also been left very nervous following her ordeal.

The incident happened on a black weekend on Ulster's roads.

Six people have died in four horror smashes on Ulster roads after one of the most catastrophic 24 hours of carnage the province has ever seen.

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