Northern Ireland

26-year-old woman dies of injuries following crash in Co Derry

Crash happened in the Aghadowey area in the early hours of Saturday

Louisa Jane Crawford, who has died following a crash in Aghadowey, Co Derry.
Louisa Jane Crawford, who has died following a crash in Aghadowey, Co Derry.

A 26-year-old woman critically injured in a crash in Co Derry at the weekend has died.

Louisa Jane Crawford, a mother-of-one from outside the Garvagh area, was involved in a collision in the early hours of Saturday in Aghadowey.

Her black BMW collided with a lorry on the Glenkeen Road at around 3.20am.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Officers investigating the circumstances of the crash are asking for witnesses and anyone who may have captured dashcam or other footage, to please get in touch with the Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101, quoting reference 206 08/06/24.”

A death notice describes Louisa as the “dearly beloved daughter of Ian and Barbara, dearest sister of Christopher, Megan and Jack, dear partner of Lee, loving mother of Bobby-John, loving granddaughter of John and the late Sadie also of Pat and the late Bobby”.

Causeway Coast and Glens DUP councillor for the Bann area, Michelle Knight-McQuillan, told the Irish News: “This is devastating news for what is a very tight-knight community, which is reeling from the loss of a young woman with much of her life ahead of her.

“My thoughts and the thoughts of everyone in the area are with Louisa’s family at this heartbreaking time, and we will rally around to help them as best we can in their time of need.”

Louisa was a former receptionist at Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena.

Last year she was among staff at the centre praised for their actions that saved the life of a swimmer who suffered a cardiac arrest.

The team’s swift response saw the man receive care at the centre before the arrival of emergency services.

Then-Mid and East Antrim Mayor Noel Williams praised the staff members, including Louisa, for their “professionalism and efficiency” in responding to the emergency.

Among friends to pay tribute to Louisa on social media was Kirsty Ritchie, who wrote: “Completely lost for words. Sleep tight our beautiful angel, you will be missed so much by everyone.”