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Fundraising page set up to support family of mother-of-two killed in north Belfast fatal car crash

Flowers left at the scene after the fatal road death on the Ballysillan Road in north Belfast.Photo by Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

More than £1,000 had last night been raised to help the family of a young mother-of-two who died after she was struck by a stolen car in north Belfast.

Lisa Gow, who had a young daughter and son, had been walking along the footpath on the Ballysillan Road when she was hit shortly before 11am on Thursday.

Two other cars and a Housing Executive truck were also caught up in the crash as the stolen vehicle careered out of control.

A 39-year-old man arrested at the scene yesterday appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with a number of offences in connection with the crash, including causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Police said they received a report just after 8am on Thursday that an Audi A4 had been stolen from outside a house in the Cavehill Road area.

It was spotted by the PSNI helicopter just after 10.40am and followed towards the Antrim Road, where officers deployed a ‘stinger’ device.

The driver failed to stop and police said "due to concerns about the dangerous manner in which the stolen car was being driven, specially trained police officers ended their pursuit, handing over to the police helicopter".

Police said: "As the stolen car travelled along he Ballysillan Road, it collided with a vehicle, before then colliding with and killing a female pedestrian".

The Police Ombudsman was last night continuing to investigate the actions taken by police, who claimed they were not chasing the stolen car when the collision happened.

However, some locals yesterday claimed a chase had been taking place at the time of the collision.

A number of floral tributes were yesterday left at the scene of the crash, many bearing tributes to Ms Gow, who is believed to have been on the way to a pharmacy to pick up a prescription when she was knocked down

Meanwhile, a fundraising campaign has been launched to support Ms Gow's family.

The PayPal page said it was "raising as much money as we can to donate to the Family of Lisa Gow to help with Funeral costs and anything necessary".

So far, following just one day's fundraising, the campaign had raised just over £1,250.

Many of those who made donations left comments.

While one person said: "Heartbreaking. Sincere condolences" another wrote: "Thinking of the family and her 2 young children hope you find the strength to get through this".

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