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Child (6) dies in hospital after being found injured on Derry road

By Donna Deeney

A six-year-old boy has died in hospital after being found injured on a road in Londonderry.

Officers are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A short time before 10.30am on Tuesday July 11 Donnacadh Maguire was found injured in the road, and was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

A man has been arrested and remains in custody while he helps police with their inquiries.

Inspector O’Brien said: “While it is possible that Donnacadh’s injuries were sustained as the result of a collision with a vehicle, we are working to establish exactly what happened and we are keen to speak to witnesses."

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph at the scene, neighbour Declan McBride described how he saw Donnacadh moments before he was killed.

"I was getting ready to go and play football and I saw the wee lad," he said.

"He was playing in the middle of the street. He was doing press ups, and then he was doing karate kicks. I stood at the window looking down at him and wondering what was going on inside his wee head. He looked up at me and I gave him the thumbs up and he did the same back to me.

"I went to the back of the house and then I heard a scream. I ran outside and the wee boy was lying. Other neighbours had ran out and they were working on him. It’s such a tragedy, he looked so happy, and the next thing he is gone."

Another local resident, who did not wish to be named, said that the child was friends with his niece and that he had also seen Donnacadh playing in the street earlier that morning.

Tyrconnell Street is a residential street that connects the busy thoroughfare of the Lone Moor Road with the Bogside area of the city.

Hours after the crash, groups of residents were still gathered in the street, and one neighbour said that there was a "sense of shock".

Police are asking anyone who was on Tyrconnell Street this morning between 10am and 10.30am to get in touch with officers in Strand Road or the Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101, quoting reference number 390 of 11/07/17.

Tyrconnell Street has been cordoned off since this morning and remains closed at this time.

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