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Tragedy after schoolboy dies from car crash injuries

By Nevin Farrell

Published 06/04/2015

Police at the crash scene in Co Fermanagh last week. A boy involved in the crash died in hospital this weekend
Police at the crash scene in Co Fermanagh last week. A boy involved in the crash died in hospital this weekend

Shock and sadness have been expressed following the tragic death of an 11-year-old schoolboy who died in hospital following a road accident last week.

He was one of two people who died over the Easter weekend as a result of road accidents.

Yesterday afternoon, a male motorcyclist was killed in a collision at Hannahstown, just west of Belfast.

Paramedics were called to the scene at the Tornagrough Road junction with Rusheyhill Road at around 4.15pm. It is understood the man died at the scene.

Meanwhile, the name of the 11-year-old child who died has not been released. However, it is understood he was from the Carryduff area near Belfast.

The youngster died in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast from injuries sustained in a collision in Co Fermanagh last Wednesday. It happened at Lough Shore Road close to Ely Lodge on the main road between Enniskillen and Belleek. The collision involved a blue Audi A3 and a white Peugeot van driven by a local man.

The boy was in the car which was being driven by a 23-year-old man.

He and the 47-year-old driver of the van were also taken to hospital following the collision.

Last week, a PSNI officer said he understood the 11-year-old and the man driving the Audi were brothers.

Inspector Keith Hicks said their parents were driving behind in another vehicle going towards Enniskillen and that it would have been an "awful shock" for them when they came across the accident.

Fermanagh Ulster Unionist councillor Alex Baird was stunned yesterday when he learned of the boy's death. Mr Baird said: "It is very sad. That accident was just about a mile from where I live.

"It is a beautiful, scenic part of the road along lower Lough Erne but it is a winding road.

"It happened near the picnic area at Ely Lodge and there is a sweeping bend there."

SDLP councillor Patricia Rogers said she was in the town on the day of the crash and it was obvious there was a serious incident given the number of ambulances rushing to the scene. "My sympathy goes out to the family," she said.

There was an outpouring of sympathy for the youngster and his family on social media.

Inspector Keith Hicks added: "I would ask anyone who may have witnessed this collision or anyone who saw either the blue Audi A3 or white Peugeot van travelling on the Lough Shore Road prior to the collision to contact investigators by calling 101."

Also yesterday, the A2 dual carriageway between Newry and Warrenpoint was closed in both directions following a single vehicle collision.

Quotes

"Any loss of life is tragic but particularly at Easter which is a time for families to be together. My heart goes out to the family."

- Cllr Alex Baird

"This wee man was my son's friend. Absolutely heartbreaking for the family and such a tragic loss. He will be dearly missed. Rest in peace."

- Joanne Stacey on Facebook

"I was at the scene of this and was hoping the wee lad would pull through - so, so sad."

- Mandie Hall on Facebook

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