Anguish at loss of ‘kind and brilliant’ friend

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The three teenage survivors of the weekend accident that claimed the life of Ronald Moore from Limavady have described how their “kind and brilliant friend” will be sadly missed.

The single vehicle crash happened on the scenic, mountainous Bishops Road around 3pm on Saturday. Adam Connor (17), his brother Eugene (14) and their cousin Jamie Murray (13), all from Aghanloo, walked away from the fatal collision with minor injuries. Tragically, the driver - 22-year-old Mr. Moore from Bolea outside the town - died.

The four lads were on their way to the Binevenagh Viewing Point, close to where the crash happened. Speaking to the ‘Journal’ on Sunday, the teens said they couldn’t believe they had survived the horror crash.

Limavady College student, Adam Connor had known Ronald Moore for the last few years and said he cared for his mum.

“He was a good friend, really kind. He would have done anything for you,” he said, “Ronald was in brilliant form that day and we were just heading out for a run to the Viewing Point. I would see him every night of the week and he was a brilliant friend. He was fishing mad,” said Adam. “I’ll be lost without him. I hope he’s happy up above.”

St. Mary’s, Limavady, pupils Jamie and Eugene met Ronald at Halloween.

“I’m in shock that we walked away with a few scratches but Ronald lost his life,” said Jamie. “It all happened so quickly. I just remember looking out the window and seeing the car flip and closing my eyes and then just a blank.”

Eugene, who suffered a collapsed lung, said: “We all pulled through with minor injuries but Ronald lost his life,” he said. “I had no time to react. I thought I was dead. I feel really bad. Ronald was a nice, honest fella. He would have done anything for you.”

Jamie’s mum, Karen McPoyle said it was a miracle the three boys survived.

“I’m so relieved Jamie is okay, but it is just tragic that Ronald died. He was a lovely, big fella and he’ll be sadly missed,” she said.

Adam and Eugene’s mum, Jacqui said her heart goes out to Ronald’s family.

“Ronald was just a good fella, all round. He was the type of person you would be happy for your children to be friends with.”

Limavady SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan is a neighbour to the three teens and recalls seeing Mr. Moore with them on countless occasions.

“My deepest condolences go out to the Moore family. It is a real tragedy for all of the families. To think that a joyful day out ended in such a tragedy is heartbreaking,” he said, adding: “The emergency services and the people who helped at the scene must also be thanked. It must have been a very traumatic experience.”