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Devastated family of Downpatrick man Jim Campbell hope to bring him home this week

Published 21/02/2016

Jim Campbell (right) with his father Joe Campbell.
Jim Campbell (right) with his father Joe Campbell.
Jim Campbell from Downpatrick, who died during holiday to the Canary Islands

Jim Campbell died after being hit by a car during a holiday to Fuerteventura

The devastated family of a Downpatrick man who died last Wednesday following a hit and run incident in Fuerteventura are still waiting for official details of exactly what happened to their loved one.

Jim Campbell (40), originally from north Belfast, was on holiday in the Canary Islands. He is understood to have been walking along a road towards his accommodation just hours after arriving on the island when he was struck by a car.

However it is understood that they are still waiting for official confirmation of how he died from the Spanish authorities.

It is hoped that a post mortem examination will take place on Monday, if it was not already carried out over the weekend.

Once the post mortem examination has taken place, the family can work towards bringing his body home for burial.

Colin Bell from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust is assisting the family in this difficult time.

He told the Belfast Telegraph that arrangements have been started in order to bring Mr Campbell's body home to his family.

Mr Bell from Newry set up the charity fund in the name of his son Kevin who tragically died in New York in 2013.

The fund has now helped more than 60 families.

Mr Campbell landed at Fuerteventura Airport, which is also known as El Matorral Airport, on Wednesday.

He was about 500 yards from the small airport, walking on the road towards the capital, Puerto del Rosario, which is some three miles to the north, when he was hit by a car.

The driver immediately went back and called emergency services, but by then Mr Campbell had been run over by a second car, which failed to stop.

He died at the scene shortly before midnight.

The second vehicle was found by police just over an hour later parked in the nearby capital, thanks to details given by other drivers.

Police said the driver, a 50-year-old local man, gave himself up to police at around 2am on Thursday and was "shown later to be under the influence of hashish". He has not been named.

A senior officer from the paramilitary Civil Guard said yesterday: "This was an accident waiting to happen. The victim had been drinking in the airport for several hours after landing.

"He then set out on his own for Puerto del Rosario. He was walking on the road, not on the side, with his back to the traffic in the night and wearing dark clothing."

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