Belfast Telegraph

Owen McFerran continues fight for life after crash that killed girlfriend Shannon

A 21-year-old man is continuing to fight for his life after he was injured in a crash which killed his girlfriend.

Shannon McQuillan (19) from Dunloy died when she was struck by a van near Toomebridge in the early hours of Saturday January 20.

Her boyfriend Owen McFerran from Ballymoney, who was also struck, remains in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast.

The Belfast Trust confirmed he was continuing to receive treatment in the intensive care unit.

Shannon's funeral heard a tribute prepared by Mr McFerran's sister.

It said: "Sleep tight my angel, be by my side and hold me tight.

"You are the one who can help me through this fight. My love, my best friend, my soulmate, I love you always."

Shannon was knocked down on the Moneynick Road near Toomebridge in Co Antrim.

She had earlier been taken by ambulance from Magherafelt, bound for Antrim Area Hospital, after becoming unresponsive following a slip on ice.

But, after an incident on the way, police were called and Shannon and Owen, who was in the ambulance with her, got out.

The pair were then struck by a van.

The Police Ombudsman is investigating the incident, while the Ambulance Service is undertaking an internal review.

Ms McQuillan, was in her second year at Ulster University studying law and criminology.

Students from the university’s law society were among those to pay tribute on social media.

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