Saturday 19 October 2019

'Kind and outgoing with the most beautiful smile' - tributes paid to girl (9) killed in road crash

Patrycja was described as having ‘the most beautiful smile’
Patrycja was described as having ‘the most beautiful smile’

Lauren Harte

A nine-year-old girl who died in a road crash in Co Armagh this week has been remembered as "a kind, gentle, outgoing little girl with the most beautiful smile".

Patrycja, a pupil at Hardy Memorial Primary School in her home village of Richhill, was the rear seat passenger in a Peugeot 407 that crashed on the Hamiltonsbawn Road near Armagh shortly after 9am on Monday.

She died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Her surname has not been released at the request of her family, who are understood to be originally from Poland.

The driver, a man in his 60s, was treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

A special assembly was held at Hardy Memorial Primary yesterday morning in memory of the popular pupil.

In a statement, a spokesperson said the whole school community has been left "numbed" by Patrycja's tragic death.

"The entire Hardy Memorial Primary School community is deeply shocked, saddened and numbed to learn of the passing of our Primary 6 pupil Patrycja.

"Patrycja was a kind, gentle, outgoing little girl with the most beautiful smile. She loved singing and enjoyed her many outings with our school choir.

"She endeared us all with her willingness to help and support others.

"Patrycja was extremely popular with both staff and pupils and we are profoundly saddened by her death.

"Our hearts go out to Patrycja's parents and wider family circle; they are foremost in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time," the statement added.

Chairman of the school's board of governors, Alderman Jim Speers, added: "I have spoken to Hardy Memorial staff who are providing support to the pupils in her class and the wider school, who have all been deeply affected by what has happened.

"She was an extremely popular pupil with her classmates and teachers alike.

"It is a lot for young children to take in and I must commend Hardy Memorial's principal, Mrs Anderson and her staff for the professional way in which they dealt with this tragic news."

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has dash cam footage is urged to contact PSNI officers in Armagh on 101, quoting reference 295 for February 25.

Belfast Telegraph

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