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Death of little Patrycja (9) in crash leaves Co Armagh community in shock


A nine-year-old girl has died following a collision in Co Armagh

A nine-year-old girl has died following a collision in Co Armagh

A nine-year-old girl has died following a collision in Co Armagh

A community in Co Armagh has been left devastated after an "extremely popular" nine-year-old girl died in a collision.

Police confirmed the young girl named Patrycja was the rear seat passenger in a Peugeot 407 that crashed on the Hamiltonsbawn Road near Armagh shortly after 9am.

"Tragically Patrycja, who was a student at Hardy Memorial Primary School in Richhill, died at the scene as a result of her injuries," the PSNI said.

It's understood her family are originally from Poland.

The driver, a man in his 60s, was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Speers is chairman of the board of governors at Hardy Memorial.

He said: "This is a terrible tragedy for the young girl's family. The pain they must be going through will be unimaginable.

"On behalf of the board of governors I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and assure them that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

"Our thoughts are also with the man injured in this tragic incident."

He said pupils at the school had been "deeply affected" and were being supported by staff.

"She was an extremely popular pupil with her classmates and teachers alike," he added.

"It's a lot for young children to take in and I must commend Hardy Memorial's principal Mrs Anderson and her staff for the professional way in which they dealt with this tragic news."

DUP MLA William Irwin, whose granddaughter was a classmate, told of his "shock and sadness".

"This is a truly awful tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the little girl who has passed away," he said.

"Once again a family has been plunged into grief and there is much shock and sadness throughout the wider community.

"I know many people in the community will be thinking and praying for the family involved.

"My thoughts are also with the driver of the vehicle, who I understand is recovering after this accident."

The Hamiltonsbawn Road remained closed yesterday as police continued the investigation.

Independent councillor Paul Berry said: "It's a complete tragedy locally. Everyone I've talked to in the community has been left shocked by this.

"To those of us who have kids, you couldn't even start to comprehend how the family are feeling at the minute."

Alliance representative for Armagh Jackie Coade said: "I am shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy, and my deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of this poor girl."

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has dash cam footage is urged to contact officers in Armagh on 101, quoting reference 295 for February 25.

Belfast Telegraph