Belfast Telegraph

Shock as young boy dies in Belfast accident

By Amanda Poole

A family has been left devastated after a little boy died in a heartbreaking pre-Christmas accident in south Belfast.

Police said last night that the five-year-old died yesterday afternoon “following a collision with a car on private property”.

The child lost his life at around 3.30pm after the accident in the grounds of the Braemar housing development on the Upper Lisburn Road, between Rascals Day Nursery and The Pines private residential home.

A silver Volvo car was taken away from the scene of the accident by a recovery vehicle.

The exact circumstances of the death are not clear.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service confirmed that a crew had taken the child, whose name has not yet been released, to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

A neighbour of the family told the Belfast Telegraph he was stunned to learn of the little boy’s death.

“What a tragedy. My heart goes out to the family,” he said. “Something like this at anytime is awful, but with it being just before Christmas, it’s all the more tragic.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Ruth Patterson, who represents the Balmoral area of the city, said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the entire family at this very sad time.

“This was clearly a tragic accident, so our thoughts are with the driver.

“Death at any time of the year is tragic, but given that we are in the countdown to Christmas it is especially sad and difficult.

“It’s just so sad. I have grandchildren of similar age and I can’t comprehend what it must be like to lose a child. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Assembly Member Conall McDevitt said he was saddened to learn that a child died in such tragic circumstances and expressed sympathy on behalf of the SDLP.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the boy who has tragically died,” Mr McDevitt said.

“It appears to be a tragic accident by all accounts, and that this has come so close to Christmas will only serve to magnify the family’s grief.”

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