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Boy (3) hit by car dies in hospital - community stands ready to support family, says councillor

By Jonathan Bell

The little boy who was hit by a car in Newtownards on Thursday evening has died in hospital.

The boy, named locally as three-year-old Kai Corkum, was hit by a silver Volkswagen Golf on Thursday evening as he crossed the Movilla Road in Newtownards. He suffered catastrophic injuries and passed away in hospital on Friday evening.

Police closed the road for most of Thursday night and into Friday morning due to the seriousness of the incident.

The community - described as a close circle where everyone knows each other - was united in grief and united in offering the family their prayers and support.

"There is nothing that can be said at this time," said DUP councillor Naomi Armstrong Cotter, "but I speak for all when I say whatever they need, however we can help, we are ready to be there for them.

"All everyone wanted to know was how he was doing and hoping he would pull through.

"It is beyond sad. Words such as heartbreak, tragedy, horrific come are easy. All we can do is pray and be there for the family.

"I was helping out with our church Nativity and all the little three-year-olds were dressed as animals and you can't help of think of that mummy who has lost her son."

Kai attended the Chuckles nursery of Castle Gardens Primary School. On Friday it called off its Christmas service.

"Today has been a very challenging day for everybody associated with our school," the school said in a Facebook post.

"Thank-you for all the support, thoughts and prayers that we have been offered from schools, churches and members of the local community."

The Bowtown Community Development Group also cancelled its youth club's Christmas event due to be held on Monday as a mark of respect for the family.

Messages of condolence and shock flooded social media last night as word spread of the tragic passing.

A community worker in the area told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are all sorry for the loss and we will offering our support to the family. This is just devastating.

"This is a very close circle of a community. Everyone knows each other and everyone knew little Kai. We were all just hoping he would pull through. Everyone has been touched by this.

"We want to let the family grieve but we will be again campaigning to have traffic calming measures put in place on the road. It is a 40mph that passes a school, housing estate and shops. We have asked before but were told no."

Following the incident on Thursday police arrested a 21-year-old man. He was released yesterday pending further investigation.

Said the PSNI: "Police would continue to appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage to contact them at Newtownards on 101 quoting reference number 1000 13/12/18."

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