Belfast Telegraph

Former nun killed in car crash 'an absolute lady who would help anyone'

By Donna Deeney

A former nun killed in a crash on the Glenshane Pass near Dungiven has been described as an "absolute lady" who was the epitome of kindness.

Loreto Douglas (64) left the religious life to work for Lifestart, an organisation that supports and helps parents with children under the age of five.

She lived alone in the Culmore area of Londonderry where neighbours were shocked and saddened by the tragedy.

Ms Douglas died on Wednesday evening from injuries she sustained when the red Volkswagen she was driving was involved in a collision with two vans close to the top of the Glenshane Pass.

It is understood she was travelling to Belfast with a work colleague to attend a funeral when the collision occurred.

The woman she was with was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

A male who was in the second car is understood to have suffered life-changing injuries.

In Derry yesterday, people spoke of their shock.

Jennifer McFadden, who lives in the same quiet cul-de-sac in Culmore as Ms Douglas, paid tribute to her neighbour.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "Loreto was the kindest, loveliest person you could ever meet.

"She worked with children and it was clear she loved children, she was very kind to my son.

"Loreto was so friendly, she loved her garden and would always take time to say hello. It is a big shock for us all."

Another neighbour, Elaine McFadden, mirrored these sentiments and added: "Loreto was so kind to us when we moved here around four years ago.

"She was gentle and so lovely - an absolute lady - and I am so, so saddened by her death."

It is understood Ms Douglas has one brother who lives in Co Mayo.

Another relative, Colm O'Driscoll, said: "We don't yet know what the final arrangements for Loreto are yet but we are all deeply saddened.

"Loreto was a wonderful lady, she was the most down to earth person ever and would do anything to help anyone."

PSNI Inspector Ian Armour appealed for anyone who was travelling on the Glenshane Pass on Wednesday morning and who witnessed the collision to come forward. They can contact police in Limavady on the non-emergency number 101.

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