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Great gran named as crash victim on Belfast-Derry road

By Nevin Farrell

Published 10/08/2015

Tributes have been paid to a great-grandmother who has died after a collision at a junction on the main Belfast to Londonderry road.

Vera Young (82) was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a collision at the junction of the Glenshane Road and Lurganagoose Road near Knockloughrim, between Castledawson and Maghera in south Londonderry, at around 3pm on Sunday, August 2.

She was the 41st person killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

Meanwhile, police are also investigating after a teenage girl was left in a critical condition when a car struck her as she was out cycling in Co Down.

Mrs Young, from Carraloan Road, between Magherafelt and Ballyronan, passed away on Thursday at Antrim Area Hospital.

She was wife of the late Samuel and mother of Margaret, Gordon, Selina, Eileen, Ruth, Noel and the late John-Wallace, and was also a devoted great-grandmother.

The accident involved a grey Volkswagen Jetta car and a black Mitsubishi Jeep. A funeral service was held in Garvin's Funeral Home, Magherafelt, on Sunday followed by burial in Woods Parish Churchyard.

Ulster Unionist councillor George Shiels wished to pass on his sympathy to the Young family circle.

He said: "It happened at a junction on the Glenshane Road, on a very busy road.

"There are two junctions, one on each side of the road.

"You have to come out from Magherafelt and then you go about 100 yards and the road goes off that on the other side of the road and there is a sort of chicaned area you have to wait in.

"It is a sad time for the family and everybody is thinking of them."

Police are investigating and Inspector Amanda Kenny said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of the junction of Lurganagoose Road at approximately 3pm and who may have witnessed this incident which involved a grey Volkswagen Jetta and a black Mitsubishi Jeep to contact police at Magherafelt on the non-emergency number 101."

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old girl was last night described as being in a "critical" condition in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital following a collision at Culcavy near Hillsborough.

DUP MLA Brenda Hale said the teenager was out cycling at Aghnatrisk Road around 5.30pm on Saturday when there was a collision between her bicycle and a vehicle.

The MLA said she has been lobbying to improve safety along the road.

"It's a residential area, heavily populated. This child was just doing what any child should be doing on a summer's evening, out playing on her bike," she said.

Police have appealed for information.

Inspector Jim McGrillen said: "We would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident involving the cycle and the Audi car, or saw them on the road beforehand. The incident occurred about a mile from the Culcavy Road/Harry's Road junction."

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