Tuesday 19 September 2017

Family pay tribute to 'happy go-lucky' girl (13) killed in car crash

Crash victim Georgia Doherty (13) who died in a car crash in Derry
Crash victim Georgia Doherty (13) who died in a car crash in Derry

Greg Harkin

THE heartbroken family of a 13-year-old girl killed in a car crash say they have lost their "happy go-lucky superstar".

Georgia Doherty, Redcastle, Co Donegal died in the Co Derry crash yesterday. Her sister Lisa McCole, who was driving the car, was critically injured and is being treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

"In her short life Georgia touched many people as she was a vivacious, bright, loving and caring girl whose loss will be greatly mourned by all those who came to know her," said her family today.

"Georgia was a very keen sports person and played with distinction for Inishowen Under 14’s at both soccer and Gaelic. Georgia was an ever present at Redcastle FC games and also supported Liverpool and Celtic.”

In a statement the principal of Moville Community College Eamonn Ryan paid tribute to Georgia.

He said she was "bright, bubbly and always was full of energy."

A specialist psychologist has spent the day with her class mates in the school, said Mr Ryan.

Georgia and 26-year-old Lisa were in the car when it collided with another vehicle close to the Tam¬naherin Road turn-off from the main Derry to Belfast Road, at 5pm yesterday.

The sisters, from Clar, Redcastle, on the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal, were returning from a day out in Belfast visiting relatives.

Lisa, who was driving the car, has been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where she is in a critical condition.

Georgia was a talented soccer and gaelic football player with her school Moville Community College and with Redcastle United FC.

The PSNI said there had been heavy rain all day – with surface water causing difficult driving condi¬tions.

School friends arriving at Moville Community College this morning were in tears and staff were helping to comfort them.

Relatives were at Lisa’s bedside in hospital in Belfast today praying for her recovery.

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