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Tributes to road crash victim Tanya Nesbitt who loses fight for life in hospital

Community is left devastated by death of popular mother-of-four

By Annamay McNally

Published 03/11/2016

Police appeal: Tanya Nesbitt's car was in collision with a HGV lorry last week
Police appeal: Tanya Nesbitt's car was in collision with a HGV lorry last week

The death of a young mother from Markethill six days after her car struck a lorry has been described as an "absolute tragedy for the entire community".

Tanya Nesbitt, who has been described as "beautiful inside and out", died in hospital on Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind her partner Paul Conn and a young family.

Councillor Jim Speers, who knows Ms Nesbitt's family, was planning to visit her loved ones yesterday and said news of her death had devastated people living in the area.

"People are stunned that such a tragedy has taken place", Mr Speers said.

"We have had a number of tragic incidents in this area in recent times. A few months ago two young men died in a road accident and this news has really shaken people."

Councillor Gordon Kennedy, meanwhile, said he understood Tanya (31) was a loving mum to four children, the youngest of whom is a toddler.

"I knew Tanya when we were growing up," Mr Kennedy told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I would have known her father well and I understand he had been living in Co Mayo, but had returned when Tanya was in hospital."

The Ulster Unionist representative said he wished to extend his sympathy to Ms Nesbitt's family and said the tight-knit local community had been plunged into sadness by the young woman's passing.

Messages of support to Ms Nesbitt's partner and children flooded in on social media as news broke of her death.

One friend posting on Facebook wrote how Tanya was "a beautiful girl, such a bubbly character and her appointments were always filled with constant chatter and talk of her three boys, her little daughter Paige, her partner and family. I'm am so sorry for your loss and hope you find the strength to get through this sad time. Rest in peace Tanya xxx".

Another added that Ms Nesbitt was "a beautiful girl inside and out".

Messages of sympathy have also been sent to Ms Nesbitt's partner, with one friend saying they were "blessed to have known her".

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses to the road traffic collision, which was reported to them at around 4.30pm on Wednesday, October 26, to contact them.

The incident occurred on the Gosford Road at its junction with Killycarn Road in Markethill and involved a silver Vauxhall Vectra and a white HGV lorry.

PSNI constable Paula Hanna urged anyone who witnessed the collision last week or who was travelling in the area and had any information which may be of assistance to contact the PSNI's Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

Tanya is survived by her partner Paul, children Josh, Zac, Cody and Paige, parents Granville and Noeleen and brother Adam.

Some 55 people have died following crashes on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year.

This autumn has been particularly tragic with eight people losing their lives following collisions in September and six in October.

However, the total number of fatalities is lower than this time last year, when 60 had died.

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