Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland man killed trying to stop runaway car rolling down hill

By Victoria Leonard

A Co Down man is understood to have died while attempting to stop a runaway car rolling down a hill yesterday afternoon, despite frantic efforts by his only son to save him.

The Cabra resident, who was named locally as retired builder Kevin Campbell, is believed to have been injured after the car rolled down a hill at his home on the rural Islandmoyle Road.

A local source said that his son, thought to be in his early 20s, had tried to save his father's life by using a car jack to free him from underneath the vehicle.

However, despite his brave efforts, it is believed Mr Campbell died in an ambulance on the way to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

A spokesperson for the Ambulance Service said that they had received a call at 4.30pm to report that a man had been run over by a car which had rolled down a hill.

Two rapid response paramedics, one A&E crew and the Air Ambulance attended the scene.

The man was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital by ambulance.

However, a local source said that Mr Campbell, said to be in his late 50s, had sadly died on the way to hospital.

He told the Belfast Telegraph that he believed Mr Campbell had been trying to stop the runaway car when he was pinned down.

"Their house is on a hill, the car ran away and he tried to stop it, but it ran over the top of him," he said.

"He and his wife Susan only have one child, and their son jacked the car up and pulled his father out.

"The Air Ambulance and paramedics attended but unfortunately he passed away on his way to hospital. It's so sad - Kevin's son, who tried to rescue him, was his pride and joy."

The incident is understood to be the third tragedy to have affected the family in recent years.

Mr Campbell's brother-in-law Seamus Maginnis died due to an accidental house fire at his home on the Islandmoyle Road in November 2013.

And in March 2015, his wife Susan's 11-year-old nephew Stephen McElroy died from a rare bowel condition.

Former chairman of Down District Council Peter Fitzpatrick extended his sympathies to Mr Campbell's grieving family.

"I have known Kevin for many years since he moved here, and he was a very quiet, hard worker," he said. "They were a lovely family and it's a big shock to everyone that this has happened.

"Words are inadequate to express the sorrow."

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