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Cargan crash victim 'lit up whatever room she was in'

By Claire Williamson

Published 17/09/2015

The woman passed away on Wednesday evening
The woman passed away on Wednesday evening

Tributes have been paid to a 27-year-old woman who "lit up whatever room she was in".

The woman, named locally as Lisa McAuley, was critically injured in a crash near the village of Cargan last week.

The 27-year-old passed away from her injuries on Wednesday evening.

It happened on the Glenravel Road in Cargan on Friday September 11.

The collision involving a white coloured Hyundai occurred shortly after 5pm.

Sinn Fein MLA Oliver McMullan said he knew Lisa since she was a young girl.

He said: "It's a very sad time indeed.

"I've known Lisa since she was a young girl, she went to school with my boys. They all grew up together so to speak.

"As soon as she was in, she lit up the room wherever she was, she was so bubbly and full of life. She was never dull or sad, just full of life - a lovely girl."

He added: "It's so sad. It's one of them things it's hard to take in.

"It was a long wait for the family and they are very close. They didn't leave her bedside since she was in hospital."

Sinn Fein councillor for Cargan Paul Maguire said his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the young victim.

Mr Maguire said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the young lady's family at this tragic time.

"Something radical has to be done to prevent our young people from losing their lives on our roads in such tragic circumstances. I would appeal to Roads Minister Danny Kennedy to return to work so that we can arrange an urgent meeting around road safety and accident prevention measures."

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said the community was "devastated" following the news of the young woman's death.

She said: "The whole community is devastated. Everyone is just numb at the news.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the McAuley family and wider circle."

Inspector Nick Sturdy is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Glenravel Road and who witnessed the collision to contact local police in Ballymena on the non-emergency number 101.

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