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Bangor: Girl (5) killed after she is hit by car in street

The little girl was Katie Grace Bogle

By David Young

Published 05/06/2015

A car is taken away after a fatal accident in Bangor last night
A car is taken away after a fatal accident in Bangor last night

A five-year-old girl has died after being hit by a car in a quiet residential area of Bangor.

The tragedy happened in the Irvine Park area of the town early yesterday evening.

The little girl has been named by police as Katie Grace Bogle.

PSNI sergeant Brian Shankey said the collision involved a grey-coloured Hyundai vehicle.

"The driver of the car has been spoken to by police and is helping with our inquiries," the officer added.

"The young girl was taken by ambulance to hospital following the collision but died from her injuries.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Irvine Park and has any information which may assist us with our enquiries to contact police at Bangor on 101."

Last night, police had sealed off the street where the collision happened.

Scene of crime officers and photographers recorded the accident site and prepared to remove the car involved.

As night fell, shocked residents of the neat cul-de-sac were reluctant to speak.

Clearly distressed, a number of locals crossed the police lines to get back to their homes, some hugging their children tightly as they did so.

There was also a palpable sense of grief at the horror which had visited their little community.

Councillor Noelle Robinson - who represents the area on Ards and North Down Council - said it had been "terrible news".

"What a dreadful tragedy for the poor little girl and her family," she added. "That's so sad.

"Irvine Park is a residential area, quite built-up with lots of houses, but there's a lot of through traffic."

Alliance MLA Stephen Farry added: "I would like to send my deepest condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time for them.

"The death of this young girl has shocked the local community. This is an absolute tragedy.

"This incident has shown the importance of all road users being vigilant for others. We must ensure that no more lives are lost on our roads. Even one death on our roads is one too many."

DUP MLA Alex Easton, who lives nearby, said he was deeply saddened to hear about the death of the girl.

"This is a deeply shocking tragedy that has seen the death of a young girl," he added. "This is literally round the corner from where I live, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time.

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