Belfast Telegraph

Man charged with death of Newtownabbey boy in Tenerife

Mum Carlene and her son Carter Carson
Mum Carlene and her son Carter Carson

By Karl McLaughlin

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

Carter Carson (9) from Newtownabbey, died after being struck by a car while leaving a shopping centre in the town of Adeje last Thursday. He died in hospital the following day.

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

The family is still waiting for permission to bring Carter's body home.

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

The court heard on Tuesday from witnesses to the hit and run and ordered a full reconstruction of the events on Wednesday at the scene of the incident, which occurred close to the Gran Slur shopping centre near the resort of Playa de Las Américas.

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

Carter Carson

A second man, aged 34 and also from Latvia, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time, 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 a further 18 months maximum 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: "Mt world instantly fell apart. To think that my baby boy had gained his angel wings- just as his wee life was really beginning."

Belfast Telegraph Digital


From Belfast Telegraph