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Crash teen Justine McConville's family call for prayers

By Joanne Fleming

Published 04/08/2016

Struck by a car: Justine McConville
Struck by a car: Justine McConville
SDLP councillor and family friend Joe Nelson

The family of a 17-year-old girl critically ill in hospital after she was hit by a car have appealed for people to pray for her.

Justine McConville was walking in the Lake Street area of Lurgan on Friday evening when the collision occurred.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

The teenager's family have been keeping a round-the-clock vigil at the Royal Victoria Hospital since the crash.

Her sister Edel said Justine was part of a large family who were all hoping and praying she recovered.

"There are six girls and three boys altogether and Justine is a twin to her brother Justin," she said.

"She is very family orientated - nothing is a bother to her. She is a really happy girl, really caring and kind."

Edel said that the St Ronan's College pupil was studying health and social care, media and ICT at AS Level.

"She is a bright girl who has a great future ahead of her," she added. "We are just praying and praying and praying and hoping for the best.

"The community in Lurgan has been absolutely brilliant. She has a great wee group of friends and lots of people have been in touch. People have been thinking about her."

Edel said that being part of such a big family was a comfort at such a difficult time.

"It is brilliant, we can all take our turn here and there is always someone to talk to," she said. "We would ask everyone to pray for her."

Local SDLP councillor Joe Nelson, who knows the family, said the people of Lurgan would rally behind the family.

"It is a tragedy," he said. "This is a young girl full of life. Her family are by her side continually, they are a tight-knit family.

"It is a time like this when the whole community comes together, and the community will come together to support the family."

Well-wishers also flooded social media in response to Edel's appeal for prayers.

Angie McCarroll wrote on the Lurgan Mail Facebook page: "Thoughts and prayers are with this young woman and her family. Wishing Justine a speedy recovery with no lasting problems xo"

Siobhan Murtagh wrote: "Love and prayers for Justine and all the McConvilles xo"

Joanne McAtamney said: "Continuous thoughts and prayers for Justine and her family xoxo".

The PSNI said they are not treating the crash as a hit-and-run accident. It is understood a motorist is co-operating with the police inquiry.

A PSNI Craigavon Facebook post read: "As many of you will be aware by now, on Friday evening around 9.40pm there was a serious injury road traffic collision on Lake Street, Lurgan... Justine McConville was hit by a car and remains seriously ill in hospital. We want to find out what happened to Justine for her sake, and the sake of her family.

"If you were in the area at the time and saw either Justine or a red Citroen Saxo driving in the area prior to this, please give us a call on 101, quoting incident 1310 of 29/07/16".

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