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Crash victim had just handed over Mother’s Day card

The Strabane man killed in a road collision in Omagh on Saturday had given his mum her Mother’s Day card mere minutes before the fatal crash.

Simon Glenn was travelling to the airport with his mother Martina (48), fiancée Karen Keown (23) and three-year-old niece and god-daughter Lili Glenn when his car collided with a pick-up truck at around 4.10am on the Doogary Road on Saturday.

The 26-year-old fitter had been due to board an early morning flight to England to collect a vintage car he had bought.

It is understood Simon, whose body was returned to his family home in Evish Grove last night, was killed instantly.

Both his mother and niece were released from the Erne hospital after suffering minor injuries.

Miss Keown was due to leave Altnagelvin Hospital today.

Parish priest Fr Declan Boland said Martina, whose husband Sammy died just three months ago, is in deep shock.

“She is a very strong woman,” said Fr Boland.

“She is brave but broken. Simon gave her her Mother’s Day card in the car on Saturday morning because he wasn’t going to see her on Sunday.

“She has that to keep forever now. He told her she was one in a million.

“Martina and the whole family have great support here from the community who have rallied around since Simon’s death.”

Fr Boland said Simon was a popular and well-respected man.

“He was a lovely fella,” he said.

“He was never in any trouble, just a very good, decent lad.

“I spoke to one of his friends who said he was looking forward to marrying Karen. He told me he had found true love with her.”

Simon’s funeral Mass will be held at 10am tomorrow at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

He is survived by his mother Martina, sister Samantha and partner Karen.

Strabane councillor Gerard Foley said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Simon’s family at this time.”

Omagh councillor Johnny McLaughlin said: “Everyone here has just been devastated by this terrible incident.

“This is awfully sad for the victim’s family and especially since there were also women and children involved.

“They were just going about their business and surely didn’t expect this to happen.”

An 18-year-old man is due to appear in court today charged with dangerous driving, causing death and other motoring offences in relation to the incident.

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