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Boy (5) still critical after serious Co Down road collision

By Sophie Inge

Published 14/01/2017

A five-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle in Magheralin on Thursday remains in a critical condition
A five-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle in Magheralin on Thursday remains in a critical condition

A five-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle in Magheralin on Thursday remains in a critical condition.

The boy, who has not been named, was hit by a blue Vauxhall Vectra in Malcolmson Park in the Co Down town at around 4.45pm.

He was rushed to the Children's Hospital in Belfast where he was said to remain in a critical condition.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart, who has been in touch with the boy's mother, told the Belfast Telegraph: "I would encourage people to remember him and the family in their prayers.

"I would also give the highest of praise to the paramedics and GP who was not on call but who intervened in the situation and actually stayed with the child right the way through," she said.

"If it hadn't been for the paramedics and the GP on site we could have been looking at a much worse situation.

"Owing to their brave and heroic act we are hearing some news that the little boy is responsive."

She added: "Obviously our thoughts are very much with the driver of the vehicle. It is a close-knit community and I'm encouraging people to rally round the families involved."

Referring to the driver, the Assembly member said: "I can only imagine the pain and anguish this has caused him also."

She urged drivers to take care on the roads, particularly during the extreme weather.

Meanwhile, another child, nine-year-old Liam McCallum, also remains in a critical condition following a road traffic accident near his home in Ballymoney on Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement on Facebook on Friday afternoon, the McCallum family said: "Liam went through another operation through the night and we are happy to say the pressure on his brain has decreased.

"He has still not gained consciousness and is unable to function on his own, but all doctors are saying he is putting up the biggest fight. We pray that Liam pulls through and returns home."

Police arrested a pensioner shortly after the incident. The man, aged in his 70s, was released on bail pending further inquiries.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact officers in Ballymoney on 101 quoting reference number 719 of 10/01/17.

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