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My soul crushed by death of beautiful son, says mum of road crash victim Calvin Parke

Calvin Parke was involved in a collision on Tuesday
Calvin Parke was involved in a collision on Tuesday
Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

The devastated mother of a 22-year-old man who died in a car crash in Co Antrim has said her heart "will never beat the same" following the loss of her "beautiful baby boy".

Calvin Parke from the Magherafelt area was involved in a collision on the Roguery Road, Toomebridge, at around 9.30pm on Tuesday.

Mr Parke was the driver of a blue Seat Leon when he was killed in the one-vehicle crash.

His mother Dianne Parke shared a photograph of Calvin on Facebook, with a message saying: "My heart will never beat the same ... my soul is crushed ... my baby boy."

The victim's sister Rheigan also shared an old picture of herself and her brother as primary school children, adding: "Forever and always I will love you with all my heart my life will never ever be the same again without you Calvin."

Messages of support poured in from close friends who offered their condolences to Calvin's parents Joe and Dianne and siblings Rheigan, Katie, Mason and Jay.

John Dillon said: "Dianne, I'm so, so sorry to hear this sad news this morning. Can't even start to imagine what you are going through. My heartfelt sympathy to all the family and especially to you, his mum. You will be in my thoughts, gutted for you!"

Another friend, Bernie Donnelly, added: "I don't know where to start or imagine how you are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time."

Clare Pattison said: "Was sorry to hear bout your son Dianne, thoughts are with you all."

Iris Hamilton said: "I'm so sorry to hear about your son Dianne, thinking about you all."

Meanwhile, Spencer Downey posted a message on Calvin's sister's social media page saying: "This is devastating news, Rheigan. So sorry for your whole family. X"

Rhiannon Souch added: "Oh, I'm so sorry... quite a few good memories with Calvin. I'm sorry for your loss sweetheart. You're in my thoughts. He will be missed."

And Hannah Doran said: "Oh Rheigan. So sorry to hear this news. Thoughts and prayers a are with you all at this difficult time."

There are no funeral details available at present, but family and close friends are welcome at the family home.

A notice on Funeral Times confirmed the death of "Calvin Parke (Dripps) "as the result of a tragic road traffic accident".

It read: "Calvin, dearly loved and devoted son of Dianne and Joe, loving brother of Rheigan, Katie, Mason and Jay, dearest grandson of Marion and Ivor (Park), much loved nephew of Jason and Karen, Joanne and Jason and special cousin of Brad and Ethan."

A message added: "An angel lived among us, a gift from God above.

"He showered us with kindness and shared with us his love."

The Roguery Road, between Toomebridge and Ballymena, was closed following the accident but it was reopened to traffic yesterday afternoon.

Sinn Fein South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney spoke of his sadness at the death.

He said: "I am deeply saddened to hear that another young life has been lost in a tragic traffic accident on the Roguery Road, just outside Toome last night.

"This is such heart-breaking news for the young man's family and friends.

"It is also a sad reminder of the need for greater awareness of, and attention to, rural road safety.

"I want to extend my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the young man who died as a result of this tragic accident, and I would appeal to anyone who may have been on the Roguery Road last night to assist the police in their inquiries."

Police also appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or has dash cam footage to come forward.

Inspector McCarron said: "It was reported that a blue Seat Leon car was involved in the incident.

"Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have dash-cam footage available to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1462 14/5/19," the officer added.

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