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Tributes left at spot where Jayne Burnside (23) was struck by car outside Cookstown

By Cate McCurry

Published 13/04/2015

Jane Burnside from Cookstown, died after being struck by a vehicle as she walked along Gortagammon Road, at Tullhogue
Jane Burnside from Cookstown, died after being struck by a vehicle as she walked along Gortagammon Road, at Tullhogue

A heartbroken relative of the 23-year-old woman who was killed as she walked home in the early hours of Saturday morning has spoken of her devastation over the death.

Jayne Burnside, from Tullyhogue, near Cookstown in Co Tyrone, died after she was struck by a car close to her home shortly before 1am on Saturday.

Flowers and tributes were left at the spot where the accident happened on the Gortagammon Road. One of the tributes read: "Our hearts are broken in pieces.

"Can't believe I'm having to write this and I'm never going to see you again.

"I will never ever forget you and will always remind Molly how much you loved and adored her.

"Miss you so much.

"It's destroying me.

"Will see you again and hug you so tight and kiss you night, night.

"Love Vicky, Molly and Peter."

Ulster Unionist Party MLA Sandra Overend also expressed her sympathies to the Burnside family and the other families of those who were killed over the weekend.

She said: "I cannot begin to imagine the pain that is being felt by the families left behind by these tragedies that took place on our local roads near Cookstown over the weekend.

"My thoughts and prayers are with them and the friends of the bereaved.

"The PSNI continue to carry out of their investigations, and while there seems to be no obvious reason or pattern identified in these accidents, I would appeal for anyone that has any information to forward it to the police as soon as possible."

Tributes to the young woman were left on social networking site Facebook.

One user, Caroline Nelson Mayne, wrote a message to the victim's sister, Lucy:

"Heartbreaking to have to be typing this. Lucy, my heart breaks for you all.

"Jayne was a beautiful girl with so much ahead of her and to have it taken away so soon is heartbreaking.

"My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this awful time. Xx."

Another user wrote: "Awful loss of a beautiful, bubbly girl.

"Rip Jayne Burnside xxxx."

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