Belfast Telegraph

Friday 27 May 2016

Jackson Turner: Social media fund raises £6k for funeral of Carrickfergus boy killed in road crash

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 29/12/2015

Little Jackson Turner died after the car in which he was travelling was in a collision on the Old Carrick Road
Little Jackson Turner died after the car in which he was travelling was in a collision on the Old Carrick Road
Jackson with mum Lynsey
Little Jackson Turner died after the car in which he was travelling was in a collision on the Old Carrick Road

Nearly £6,000 was raised within 24 hours to help the family of Jackson Turner, the seven-year-old boy who died after a three-car collision on Boxing Day.

Friends and supporters of the Co Antrim boy's parents started an online fundraising appeal to help them with funeral expenses on the Go Fund Me site.

However, Jackson's mother Lynsey told the Belfast Telegraph yesterday that her son's funeral arrangements had not yet been finalised.

And in a touching Facebook tribute, the young Carrickfergus mother told her son after he died that she would "see you later alligator".

The popular catchphrase is one that she and little Jackson used every day to each other.

Just 24 hours before Jackson was killed, Lynsey had cheerfully posted a Christmas Day social media message: "Nobody's wiping the smile off my rosy cheeks today".

As she slowly comes to terms with the harrowing loss of her son, Jackson's grandmother still remains "critically ill" in hospital.

Margaret Saunders is the paternal grandmother of Jackson, who died after the collision in Newtownabbey on Saturday evening.

She was driving Jackson and his four-year-old sister Ally home when the collision happened on the Old Carrick Road around 6.35pm.

He died in his parents' arms a few hours later in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Ally was released from hospital on Sunday, as well as a man and a woman who were also hurt in the incident. However, last night a spokesman for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust confirmed that Mrs Saunders was still being treated in a critical ward.

Her son Alan is Jackson's father.

Ally is now being comforted and cared for at home by her mother, who described Jackson as "my wee star" in a moving tribute.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "He was my wee star and his daddy's wee mucker. We are just devastated.

"My wee man is gone. I am just so broken now."

The little boy, who loved Lego and who had been looking forward to his new Ninja Lego for Christmas, was a pupil of Sunnylands Primary School in Carrickfergus.

He had been one of the stars of the school's nativity play just before the Christmas holidays.

The fatal collision involved two Nissan cars and a Citroen.

The PSNI is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

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