Tributes to young woman killed in Derry-Strabane road crash

Scene of a fatal crash on the main Derry to Strabane Road on Thursday night. A young woman died in the one vehicle crash. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 14-10-16
Scene of a fatal crash on the main Derry to Strabane Road on Thursday night. A young woman died in the one vehicle crash. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 14-10-16

Tributes have been paid to the young County Tyrone woman who died following a collision on the main Derry to Strabane road last night.

Police have now formally confirmed that 23-year-old Caoimhe O’Brien from Douglas Bridge in the Newtonstewart area was killed in the single vehicle collision.

Local people have been paying tribute to the popular young woman, describing her as a “gem”.

The road traffic accident,involving a blue Ford Focus, was reported to police at 11.50pm on Thursday.

A flood of tributes have been posted on social media since the news of the tragedy broke this morning.

Daniel McCrossan, West Tyrone SDLP MLA, said Caoimhe would be widely known across the greater Strabane district area and beyond, and was very well thought of.

“She attended school in Omagh and was quite a popular character. She would have been bubbly and full of life and social media has been consumed by messages of condolences, prayers and messages of sympathy for her family and the wider community.

“This is very sad for her parents, her sister and also the wider community and especially all those who knew her

“Today my thoughts are with her family.”

Part of the Victoria Road was closed for a time last night. It reopened this morning.

PSNI Sergeant Lawrence Speer said: “I would ask anyone who noticed the blue Ford Focus in the area late last night to contact Strabane Police Station or the Collision Investigation Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1427 of 13/10/16.”