Belfast Telegraph

Jackson Turner: Family plans farewell to tragic 'little star'

By Rebecca Black

A seven-year-old boy who tragically died following a three-car collision will be laid to rest this weekend.

Jackson Turner had been travelling in a car with his grandmother and little sister Ally (4) on Boxing Day just a few minutes from his home when the fatal crash took place.

Ally was left bruised while her grandmother Margaret Saunders was more seriously injured.

Last night she remained critically ill in hospital.

A funeral will take place for little Jackson on Saturday in Carrickfergus at noon before burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Belfast.

His parents Lynsey and Alan have spoken of their devastation at losing their "little star".

In a death notice they added: "Your love is always with us, your place no one can fill, in life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still."

Jackson's death sparked shockwaves in the community, and his school, Sunnylands primary in Carrickfergus, has been inundated with messages of support.

A special assembly will be held in Jackson's memory next Wednesday when classes resume.

An online fundraising effort has raised almost £7,000. This money will go towards paying for his funeral and headstone.

Seven other people were injured when three vehicles collided at Old Carrick Road at about 6.30pm on Saturday night.

The PSNI has renewed its appeal for information about the crash. They are keen to hear from anyone who saw the collision, which involved two Nissan cars and a Citroen.

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