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Car crash victim Hannah Molloy's best friend in heartbreaking tribute

'We were planning trips away ... now I am waiting to hear about my tragic best friend's funeral'

By Victoria Leonard

A teenager who died in a weekend car crash was a kind-hearted girl who always had a smile on her face, her best friend has said.

Hannah Molloy, who turned 18 last month, was killed in the accident outside Castlederg in Co Tyrone.

The single vehicle crash happened on the Fyfin Road between Victoria Bridge and Castlederg on Saturday morning. Her car left the road close to the junction of Fyfin Road and Concess Road.

A former Loreto Grammar School pupil, Hannah had just embarked on a course in Health and Social Care at Omagh's South West College,

Her best friend Ciara Martin, who described Hannah as "like a sister" to her, said she was "bubbly" and "kind-hearted."

The pair had been due to join other former Loreto pupils who had enrolled at Queen's University to celebrate fresher's week in Belfast this week.

"She was excited, it was a new start for us," devastated Ciara told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I'm still in shock at what happened, just numb.

"Her mummy Sharon rang me in tears and told me about the accident, and I still can't believe it.

"She had only turned 18 on August 2 and she had been driving since last December - she was a confident driver.

"Hannah was bubbly; that's a really good word to describe her. She had a really, really big heart. There wasn't a bad bone in her body.

"She was really, really kind-hearted; she never did a bad thing to anybody.

"Her family is devastated. We basically lived in each other's houses.

"I moved to Loreto two or three years ago; we sat together in form class, and ever since then we had been best friends.

"She always had a big smile on her face. Me and her did everything together."

Hannah was born in her mother's native Bristol, but moved to Castlederg with her family at the age of nine as her father Gerard is from Northern Ireland.

Ciara says that the pair had made plans for the future, but that their dreams are now in tatters.

"We had planned to go on road trips and we were going to join other friends from Loreto Grammar, who are starting at Queen's for Fresher's Week in Belfast this week," she continued.

"Now I am waiting for her funeral details."

SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan offered his condolences to the family, and called on the Roads Service to examine the road after a spate of accidents in recent years.

"That road would be the main thoroughfare, and parts of it are quite straight while others are very bad.

"There have been a number of accidents there in the last few years," he stated.

"It is a bad road and that is a bad section of it. Given that it is so busy, the Roads Service could look at it.

"This community is very tight-knit, and from the number of calls I received after the accident, Hannah seems to be well-known throughout the Castlederg and Strabane areas.

"It's tragic to lose another young life on our roads.

"Losing anybody on our roads is awful, but an 18-year-old who is just setting out for college is heartbreaking.

"There are no words for such a loss."

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has any information, to contact officers in Strabane or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 398 of 16/09/17.

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