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Parents of Daniel Bradley pay tribute to their son who 'taught us to embrace autism'

 Daniel Bradley died in last night's accident
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a little boy who died after being struck by a car in Co Derry.

The collision happened close to the entrance of a service station on Glenshane Road in Maghera at around 8pm last night.

The little boy was eight-year-old Daniel Bradley and he was a student at Kilronan School in Magherafelt.

His parents, James and Janice, said their son had "taught us to step into his world". 

"A world filled with challenges and differing perspectives. He taught us to embrace autism and we quickly learned from him that different is not less. We love you. Dan the Man - Forever in our hearts.”

Daniel's father posted this video on Facebook today in memory of his son:


In a statement Daniel's school said he was "a much loved member of our school community".

"He was lively, full of fun and popular with all who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathy to his parents, sisters, grandparents and wider family circle at this very sad time." 

PSNI Inspector Andy Harvison appealed for witnesses to the accident or anyone who may have dashcam footage to contact police.

The scene of a fatal crash on the Glenshane Pass in Co Derry, close to Maghera where an 8-year-old boy was killed. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin 

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has expressed his sympathies to the family of the child.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young boy as they come to terms with this terrible loss," he said.

"Most of us cannot begin to imagine what the family are feeling upon receiving this devastating news.

"I am confident the local community will rally to support them at this deeply sad time."

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