Portavogie mourns popular teenager killed in car crash
Published 12/08/2014 | 02:30
The death of a teenage girl who has become the latest victim of Northern Ireland's roads has been described as "every parent's worst nightmare".
Shannon Reid (18), from Portavogie, died on Sunday when the silver Peugeot she was driving along the Portaferry Road collided with a blue Audi at 8.30pm.
The two passengers of the Audi were treated for minor injuries.
The popular young woman's Facebook page shows her being hugged by a friend and proclaims her love of the Beatles. She was studying animal management at South Eastern Regional College.
Portaferry councillor Joe Boyle expressed his shock. "Here we have yet another fatality taking place on our roads, the devastating loss of an innocent young life," he said. "What has happened to Shannon is every parent's worst nightmare. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the young girl's family.
"This is a small and close-knit community so any loss like this is felt widely.
"This young woman, only 18, had her whole life in front of her.
"I would appeal for drivers to exercise extreme caution on our roads."
Alliance Strangford MLA Kieran McCarthy added: "I am deeply saddened that another life has been lost on our roads.
"We must do more to improve road safety and ensure that no more lives are lost."
The Reverend David McIlveen, who served in Portavogie, said: "I did not know Shannon or the Reid family personally but obviously our hearts are broken that an 18-year-old's future has been destroyed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family at this time.
"Her death underlines how careful we need to be behind the wheel. One second can create a tragedy of terrible long-term consequences. We need to make people more aware that it is a grave responsibility to be behind the wheel of any car."
Another young woman in her 20s is being treated for serious injuries after a single car collision on the Lisnaskea Road on the same day as Shannon's death.
From January until August 11, 2013, PSNI statistics show that 36 people died on the roads here.
Over the same period this year, 49 people have died.
The police are urging the public to take greater caution.
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed either the collision on Portaferry Road or on Lisnaskea Road to contact them.