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Distraught mum: we’ll never be the same

The grieving mother of a three-year-old-girl who died when she was knocked down near her home in Coleraine has told how her daughter touched the lives of everyone she met and that they will never get over her death.

Andrea McAleese was speaking after the inquest held in Coleraine Court into her daughter Roma's death found that the youngster could not have survived the injuries she sustained.

Mrs McAleese told the Belfast Telegraph that their lives would never be the same without Roma.

Still distraught, Mrs McAleese said: “She filled our lives, we will never be the same without her.

“Roma and her big sister Maya were devoted to each other, they even slept in the same room even though they could have had a room each.

“She was at St Malachy's Pre School and everyone there loved her, they built a memorial to her — Roma's Cottage. She touched the lives of everyone she met.”

The inquest heard that Roma died after she was hit by a Volkswagen Golf driven by Nicola Smith at Ashdale in Coleraine in March last year.

Senior Coroner John Leckey explained that he had excused Mrs Smith from attending because he had received a medical certificate stating she was unfit to attend.

However, police and forensic evidence outlined in court said that the accident would have happened in a split second.

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