Belfast Telegraph

Car crash death sees family lose second son

By Amanda Poole

A couple have been dealt another devastating blow after their only remaining son died less than six months after his older brother.

Jamie Adams (19) suffered fatal injuries after the car he was a passenger in crashed in the Ballyeaston area of Ballyclare shortly after 1.10am yesterday.

Jamie’s parents Ernie and Diane Adams, from Ballyclare, Co Antrim, lost their eldest son Jonny (20) a few days before his 21st birthday last year.

Jonny died on November 5, 2010 following a long struggle with cystic fibrosis and diabetes.

Both brothers had been volunteers at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary.

Sanctuary secretary Diane Wilson said she was stunned to learn Jamie had been killed.

“It’s so sad,” said Ms Wilson.

“My heart goes out to Ernie and Diane. It’s horrendous they are having to bury a second child. They are inconsolable.

“Both of the boys had volunteered at the sanctuary and they loved animals.

“Jamie was a quiet and hard-working boy. I’m very sad his life has been cut so short.”

Deputy mayor of Newtownabbey Tommy Kirkham said he was saddened to learn that another young person had lost their life on our roads.

“My thoughts are with this young man’s family at this very sad and difficult time,” he said.

“It’s always sad to hear that someone has died in a road accident like this, and it’s particularly tragic when they are so young.”

So far in 2011, 19 people have died on the roads in Northern Ireland, an increase of five from this time last year.

Detectives in Ballyclare have appealed for anyone who witnessed the accident to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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