Second arrest in connection with murder of Natasha Carruthers in Co Fermanagh crash

The funeral took place today of Natasha Carruthers from Co Fermanagh 
David Young, Press Association

POLICE have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of a woman in road traffic crash in Co Fermanagh.

The 20-year-old was arrested in the Maguiresbridge area today.

Police said this morning they are treating the death of Natasha Carruthers (23) as murder.

Ms Carruthers was killed in a crash between Lisnaskea and Derrylin in on Saturday night.

Another woman and a man, also aged in their twenties, sustained serious injuries in the incident on the Newbridge Road.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “A 40-year-old man arrested yesterday remains in custody assisting us with our enquiries. 

“At this time we believe that a second vehicle was involved in the collision that cost Natasha her life and our enquiries to date have led us to conclude that the collision should now be regarded as murder.

“We continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Newbridge Road area of Derrylin between 11.00pm and 12 midnight on the night of Saturday, 7 October. Did you see the car Natasha was travelling in, a blue Corsa - registration TLZ 8330? Or did you see any other vehicles travelling at speed on the route at around the time of the crash?

“We would also like anyone with dashcam footage that could help the investigation to please get in touch with us. Detectives can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1852 07/10/17.”

Yesterday mourners at the funeral of Ms Carruthers heard how she was an "outgoing, fun-loving girl who lived life to the full".

The 23-year-old from the Letterbreen area was also remembered as a "loving and caring mother to her beautiful baby girl".

Family and friends gathered at Rossorry Parish Church, near Enniskillen, to say their respects to the mother-of-one following her death.

Rev Canon Ian Ellis told mourners of how her family were facing a "huge sense of loss".

"When it is also a death in the tragic circumstances of a road traffic accident, that grief is all the more severe and the pain of the sudden separation and finality of that parting leaves families heartbroken," he said.

"Today we are gathered for just such a funeral service - we gather to say our last farewells and lay to rest the mortal remains of Natasha Carruthers in this graveyard - it is a day of immense sadness and searing grief for this family circle gathered in church.

"Natasha, as you all know died as a result of a serious road traffic accident on Sunday morning - it seems that she was travelling with friends like many young people on an evening out.

"This serious road accident has taken her life and she has left behind not only her grieving mother, father and sister but also been parted from her one year young daughter Lily-Rose - who is probably unaware of just what has happened and whom we think of in a special way today."

Rev Ellis said while tragically Ms Carruthers's "life was cut short - it was full of much happiness and there are many reasons for thanksgiving".

"Tasha was an outgoing fun-loving girl who lived life to the full," he said.

"The great sadness is that Natasha’s vibrant life has ended so suddenly and tragically".

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