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'I am broken right now...' Mum tells of devastation as son (7) dies after road crash


Jackson and little sister Ally

Jackson and little sister Ally

Flowers left at the scene of the car crash yesterday

Flowers left at the scene of the car crash yesterday

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Jackson's mother Lynsey

Jackson's mother Lynsey


Jackson and little sister Ally

A mother has spoken of her devastation after losing her "wee star" in an accident.

Lynsey Turner's happy Christmas with her two children, Jackson (7) and Ally (4), was plunged into horror following a car crash.

Jackson died following the accident on the Old Carrick Road at around 6.35pm on Saturday.

His little sister was injured while their grandmother was last night critically ill in hospital.

"It's not something you would want to answer your phone to on Boxing Day," Lynsey told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It was just a 10-minute car journey. As soon as I got the phone call I followed the ambulance, but then I realised how seriously injured Jackson was.

"He was my wee star and his daddy's wee mucker. We are just devastated. My wee man is gone. I am just so broken right now.

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"Their granny is still critical. I just hope she gets better. I just want my boy home."

Lynsey said Ally was on the mend but badly bruised. "She is not bad now and she is getting plenty of cuddles," she added.

Just the day before the crash, Jackson was over the moon after getting his favourite Lego for Christmas.

"He was the star of the show, in the middle of everything and wanted to help everybody," Lynsey said. "He was all about Lego. He loved Lego and that was what he wanted for Christmas, so we had got him the ninja Lego."

Seven other people were injured when three vehicles were caught up in the collision. The PSNI said most of those injuries were not serious.

Three people have so far died in road tragedies over the Christmas period, also including a male pedestrian who died on Donegall Road on Christmas Eve.

Just a week ago, Jackson was one of the stars of Sunnylands Primary School Nativity play, and his sudden death has devastated the close-knit community.

Principal Gareth Hamilton said his whole school was shocked by Jackson's death.

"He was a typical wee boy - always into adventure and was full of life," added Mr Hamilton.

"The school is a close-knit group of friends and family and this is a real tragedy.

"We are planning to meet with the family and we will be doing all that we can to help and support them."

Jackson was following in his mother's footsteps by attending Sunnylands and would have walked in every morning holding hands with his sister, who Mr Hamilton said was in awe of her big brother.

"There are not many seven-year-olds that would do that," added the head teacher.

"She was so proud of her big brother. They were very close and this will be heartbreaking for her."

The five people from the other two cars who were injured are not critically ill.

Police officers in Newtownabbey are appealing for information about the crash.

They are keen to hear from anyone who saw the collision, which involved two Nissan cars and a Citroen.

SDLP councillor Noreen McClelland said: "News of the tragic death of young Jackson Turner has cast a real sadness over Newtownabbey.

"Any road accident is awful news, but to lose such a young man over the Christmas period is particularly tragic.

"I want to extend my sympathies to Jackson's family and school friends at this difficult time. I have no doubt their community will rally around them.

"My prayers are also with the others who were injured in this awful accident. I would appeal to anyone with information to get in touch with the police as soon as possible."

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