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Police find car that was racing fatal hit-and-run vehicle

By Deborah McAleese

Published 15/04/2016

Police investigating a fatal road crash that led to the death of a teenage runner in Co Armagh at the weekend have located a car that was reportedly racing in the area at the time.

Lesley-Ann McCarragher died after she was struck by a white Saab in a hit-and-run incident on Monaghan Road in Milford close to her family home on Saturday.

A 17-year-old youth was charged on Monday with causing death by dangerous driving.

A police officer told the court a black Volkswagon Golf was also being sought after a witness reported it racing with the white Saab at 90mph shortly before the fatal crash.

Last night police said that the car and its driver had been located. "We can confirm that police have identified and interviewed the driver of the Volkswagen Golf.

"Enquiries are continuing," a spokesman said.

At Newry Magistrates Court on Monday a detective sergeant told the court that the youth who was allegedly driving the white Saab that hit Lesley-Ann had shown no remorse about the hit-and-run.

The youth told police that he had sold the vehicle to two men at the side of the road 45 minutes before the smash. The teenager, who has no licence, also contacted the car's previous owner and asked her to tell police that she had sold the vehicle to foreigners. The car was later discovered in a garage rented by the suspect's brother.

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