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Family in poignant road safety video year on from their beloved Conor's tragic death

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 12/06/2015

Conor’s young life is captured in intimate video images and photographs showing key milestones of the boy whose smile was said to ‘light up any room’
Conor’s young life is captured in intimate video images and photographs showing key milestones of the boy whose smile was said to ‘light up any room’
Conor’s young life is captured in intimate video images and photographs showing key milestones of the boy whose smile was said to ‘light up any room’
Conor’s young life is captured in intimate video images and photographs showing key milestones of the boy whose smile was said to ‘light up any room’
Conor’s young life is captured in intimate video images and photographs showing key milestones of the boy whose smile was said to ‘light up any room’
Conor O'Neill's dad Kevin

The grieving father of a five-year-old who was knocked down and killed outside his home has spoken of how his death "ripped" the heart out of his family.

The family of north Belfast boy Conor O'Neill was left "destroyed" after he was hit by a car while having a ride on his bicycle before heading to school.

Kevin O'Neill marked the first anniversary of his son's death by releasing a poignant video on YouTube to help raise road traffic safety awareness.

Conor was riding his bike on the morning of June 11 last year when he was hit by a car driven by a neighbour.

Despite a concerted response from emergency services, he died from his injuries at the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast.

Mr O'Neill recalls on the video: "We went to sleep one night on the 10th of June and life was just normal.

"The next day we woke up and Conor was taken from us. He went in a flash.

"It's left our family ripped apart. It destroyed us.

"There's not a day that goes by that we don't think about Conor. We try to do things to make us better, but we just still think of Conor."

The death left the Ardoyne community where the little boy lived stunned and they turned out in numbers to support the distraught O'Neills.

Mr O'Neill said that he wanted to do something positive to mark the first anniversary of his son's death and joined friends in Ardoyne Youth Club to make the video, which has already been viewed more than 6,000 times.

Mr O'Neill also shares intimate family video footage and photographs of key milestones of the boy who was said to have a "smile that could light up any room".

The video shows Conor as a toddler with a dummy and sitting on the knee of his parents and his grandparents. Kevin adds at the end of the video: "When Conor was taken from us people came out in their thousands to support us. Hopefully no more families have to go through what we are going through as a family.

"He was a vibrant, beautiful young boy, with such a lovely personality.

"Everybody knew Conor, everybody knew his wee personality, his wee cheeky smile, everything about him."

The principal of Conor's primary school says that he had a "radiant smile that could light up any room".

The video also contains heartrending accounts from the police, the Fire Service and the Ambulance Service on their experiences attending road accidents.

The video can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNBHdFInNEw&feature=youtu.be.

Quotes

"He was a vibrant, beautiful young boy, with such a lovely personality. Everybody knew Conor, everybody knew his wee personality."

Conor's father Kevin O'Neill

"He had a radiant smile that could light up any room. This is an awful day for the family, friends, staff and children."

Kevin McArevey, principal of Holy Cross Boys' Primary Belfast

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