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Friday 19 September 2014

Colleagues will miss smile of PC killed in hit and run

Donna Deeney and Adrian Rutherford

Published 11/02/2013 | 04:00

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Two men were charged in connection with the death of Constable Philippa Reynolds, whose car was hit by a stolen 4x4 in Derry on Saturday

HEARTBROKEN colleagues of a PSNI officer killed in a fatal hit and run have said they will miss her smile.

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Philippa Reynolds died when a stolen 4x4 ran a red light and ploughed into the car in which she was travelling.

Two men have been charged in connection with her death in Derry.

One the men, aged 25, has been charged with 10 offences including causing death by dangerous driving, burglary and driving while unfit.

The other man, aged 23, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing death or grievous bodily injury, burglary, criminal damage and assisting an offender. They are due to appear in court today.

Floral tributes now mark the spot on the Limavady Road in Derry where the accident occurred.

One poignant message, left by her colleagues, read: "We will miss your smile. Lots of love. Your colleagues, E Section."

Ms Reynolds (27), who was from Glengormley, Co Antrim, was described by her commanding officer as "in the prime of her life, beautiful and friendly".

She joined the PSNI's Foyle Response Team in 2011.

It is understood her parents, Mervyn and Dorothy, had been in the US.

The crash happened around 3.40am on Saturday morning.

The patrol car was turning a corner when the stolen silver Toyota Land Cruiser, which had been taken from the Gobnascale area of Derry around 3am, hit it side on.

Ms Reynolds, a back seat passenger, was killed instantly. Two colleagues who were in the unmarked patrol car were hurt but not seriously injured.

However, they have been left badly shocked and devastated at the death of their friend and colleague.

PSNI District Commander Stephen Cargin paid tribute.

"Constable Reynolds was a 27-year-old constable in the prime of her life with just two years' experience.

"A former teacher, she wanted to serve her community and keep it safe.

"She was beautiful, friendly, a most enthusiastic officers, really bubbly and someone who wanted to be a police officer.

"I have met with and spoken to her family and they are devastated and you would imagine."

Constable Reynolds was unmarried, although she had a boyfriend who is also a police officer.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan also extended his condolences.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with our friends in Northern Ireland as they mourn the loss of their colleague."

Irish Independent

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