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Carter Carson Tenerife hit-and-run death: man is charged

By Karl McLoughlin

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a Co Antrim boy in Tenerife.

Carter Carson (9), from Newtownabbey, died after being struck by a car near the Gran Sur Shopping centre in Adeje last Thursday.

He was with dad Stuart and his partner Clair on the Spanish holiday island when the incident happened.

On Tuesday evening it was confirmed that two suspects had appeared in court, but that the case was suspended until yesterday.

The court heard from witnesses to the hit-and-run on Tuesday and ordered a full reconstruction of the events on Wednesday at the scene of the incident, which occurred close to the resort of Playa de Las Americas.

Yesterday Judge Daniel Alamo ruled that there was sufficient preliminary evidence to charge the 39-year-old Latvian national with causing death by negligence and failing to stop to assist Carter at the scene.

A second man who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time, aged 34 and also from Latvia, has been released on bail but will also stand trial for failing to assist the victim of a road accident.

If convicted of the main offence, the driver faces a maximum jail term of four years, plus up to a further 18 months for failing to stop after the collision.

Earlier this week Carter's mum Carlene O'Connor paid tribute to her "smart, fun-loving" little boy.

She said: "On Thursday I got the unthinkable phone call that every parent dreads, telling me that my beautiful son had been involved in a tragic accident while on holiday with his dad and family.

"My heart sank. I didn't want to believe what I was hearing."

She added: "My world instantly fell apart.

"To think that my baby boy had gained his angel wings - just as his wee life was really beginning."

A book of condolence has been opened at Carter's school, Abbots Cross Primary.

His family are still waiting for permission to bring his body home.

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