Community in shock as boy (6) dies after being found injured outside Derry home
A CLOSE-KNIT community was in shock last night at the death of a six-year-old boy after police said he may have been knocked down outside his Derry home.
Donnacadh Maguire was found badly injured on Tyrconnell Street in the city's Bogside at around 10.30am yesterday and died in hospital.
A man in his fifties was later arrested and remained in custody last night.
It is thought Donnacadh was playing in the street when he was injured.
Passers-by came to his aid and an Ambulance Service spokesman said a paramedic was on the scene within 11 minutes.
It is understood Donnacadh's family only moved to Derry from Scotland months ago. His mother is Scottish and his father is believed to be from the Creggan area of Derry.
A police spokesman said: "While it is possible that Donnacadh’s injuries were sustained as the result of a collision with a vehicle, we are working to establish exactly what happened and we are keen to speak to witnesses.
"I would ask anyone who was on Tyrconnell Street this morning between 10am and 10.30am to please get in touch with officers in Strand Road or the Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101."
The crash comes less than a year after two-year-old Ronan McGavigan was knocked down and killed on nearby Lone Moor Road on July 17 2016.
Independent councillor Sean Carr said the community are "devastated by this tragedy just at the start of the summer holidays".
"Everyone is just in shock. My sympathies go out to his family."
Mr Carr said although Derry City and Strabane Council have agreed to introduce traffic-calming measures on Lone Moor Road following Ronan McGavigan's death, Tyrconnell Street would not be suitable for similar measures.
"It's a very narrow, steep street with cars always parked on either side," he said.
Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion also said Donnacadh's death was a "heart-breaking tragedy".
"It is beyond comprehension how this family is feeling today but I have no doubt that the whole community will rally in support of them in every way possible," she said.
"Obviously counselling services will be made available to liaise with the immediate family but they also need to be available to those neighbours with small children who are also traumatised."
In another tragedy on the north's roads yesterday, a 40-year-old cyclist died in hospital following a crash on the main Bangor to Newtownards road in Co Down.
A 59-year-old man was being questioned last night following the death.
The man died in the Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday evening after three cyclists were involved in a collision with a white Hyundai car near Conlig at around 2pm.
The two other cyclists were treated in hospital although their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Police appealed for information.