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Family of Omagh crash victim Kyra McKinley urge blood donation in her memory

Kyra McKinley, a keen amateur photographer, was travelling on Omagh's Deverney Road shortly before 10am on Saturday when the car she was in collided with another vehicle

A CO Tyrone woman has become the third person in their 20s from Northern Ireland to die on the roads in a matter of days.

The family of Kyra McKinley, from Omagh, have asked friends to consider donating blood on behalf of the committed donor as an act of remembrance.

Ms McKinley, a keen amateur photographer, who worked for an insurance company, was travelling on Deverney Road in the town shortly before 10am on Saturday when the car she was in collided with another vehicle.

Police revealed yesterday that, despite hospital treatment, she had succumbed to her injuries.

Her death came as a community in Fermanagh gathered for the first funeral for two crash victims from Fermanagh who died in the early hours of Sunday in Bundoran, Co Donegal.

Ms McKinley's sister Alex said she had been given blood transfusions as medics battled to save her life.

"Please, please, please think about a donation on behalf of Kyra McKinley, Glenn McKinley ,Raymond McKinley, Valerie McKinley," she wrote on her Facebook page.

"She gave blood and tried to take me many a time. I finally gave yesterday sadly with her not beside me. She also received blood product after her accident. It's one way to give back after all of this."

Her sister has also started a fundraising page for the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance.

Ms McKinley's employers at Dickson & Co Insurance paid tribute to a "dear staff member".

"Kyra joined our Commercial team in August 2017 and settled quickly into her role, showing great promise with her professional and enthusiastic approach to her work," it said in a statement.

"Kyra will be sadly missed from our office in Omagh. Her warm nature and bubbly personality had a personal impact on all her work colleagues.

"In addition to her work Kyra had many talents enjoyed by many of us including her home baked goods, crocheting skills and gardening advices. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time."

Former employers Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh made a poignant short video containing pictures of the her and tributes from colleagues set to the tune of Amazing Grace sung by Ms McKinley herself.

"It is with deep sadness that we have learned that we have lost our friend and former colleague Miss Kyra Mc Kinley," they said in a statement.

"The Duncan family and team extend our deepest sympathies to our colleagues Glenn, Alex and Kyra's parents Raymond & Valerie for the loss of their beautiful girl.She was the sweetest little lady who lit up every room with that gorgeous smile. Rest in peace."

Friend Chris Bows wrote on Facebook: "Really sad news about young Kyra McKinley's passing. She was the loveliest person inside and out and a fantastic singer, taken far far too young. It was a real pleasure to work alongside her at The Silverbirch Hotel and my thoughts go out to Glenn and Alex and all of Kyra's family."

Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling on Deverney Road around the time of the collision and who witnessed anything, or anyone who may have dash cam footage of the collision to contact local officers in Omagh or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 523 of 18/08/18.

Air ambulance donations via: https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/v4/chooseAmount.html?charity=144127&sourcePage=charityPage

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