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Mother of Adam Gilmour disputes driver's version

Eight year-old Adam Gilmour

THE mother of a young boy killed after being struck by a car while walking to school has disputed the version given by the driver.

Sarah Hannah appeared yesterday at the inquest into the death of her son Adam Gilmour.

Adam Gilmour (8) was walking with his mother and five siblings to meet a school bus in Cloughmills, Co Antrim when the tragedy happened in November 2014.

Just weeks earlier Ms Hannah had raised safety concerns over her children having to walk along Loughill Road.

A solicitor told the court on that the driver, Stephen Austin (22) said the family was spread out over the left side of the road as he approached.

Ms Hannah said: "That's just a downright lie".

She said the family would walk single file on the left side of the road, facing away from oncoming traffic, because a ditch and hedge prevented them walking on the right.

Ms Hannah and Adam's brother, Ryan, also needed hospital treatment after the incident.

She told the court that Adam's death "left a hole in our family that cannot be filled".

The inquest was adjourned until August.

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