The husband of tragic Derry woman Siobhan Hutcheon was last night said to be devastated by her death as he held a vigil at the bedsides of their three young sons.
Warren Hutcheon was said to be splitting his time between visiting their two children in Altnagelvin and the third at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
Staff at the hospitals yesterday confirmed that all three children, Callum, Ben and Jake, were now in a stable condition.
Derry native Siobhan, who worked at Lloyd’s Chemist on Strand Road, will be buried on Thursday in the city cemetery following Funeral Mass at St Mary’s Church in Muff, just a stone’s throw from her home at Ardmore Manor.
Local parish priest Fr John Farren described how her parents Patrick and Barbara have had to help make arrangements for the funeral despite their grief.
Fr Farren had to break the news of the tragedy to Siobhan’s husband alongside the gardai at the weekend.
He said: “It’s news nobody wants to hear. He was sent for at his work in Seagate and came back to the house and we visited him. It is devastating and life-changing to get news like that. I just don’t know how Warren is dealing with all this.
“He has been at the hospitals with the youngsters. One of their sons was due to make his First Communion here in the Church on Saturday. They go to Hollybush Primary School in Culmore but the school would have the First Communion here.”
Fr Farren said he himself would have known Siobhan and had baptised two of the boys.
“It is just terrible. There is a sense of shock and disbelief right across the North West,” he said.
“Any young death is hard, and particularly so here where it was a young mother with three young children.
“Everybody’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and there is a lot of support there for them.”
Meanwhile hundreds of people who knew Siobhan and many who didn’t have taken to social network site Facebook to express their sadness and condolences.
On the Derry Journal page itself, one person wrote: “Awk god bless them poor wains n they’r mammy xx”.
Another woman wrote: “God bless everyone who was in this accident so tragic for them all.” More than 100 messages were posted on our Facebook page overnight as word of the tragedy spread.
Elsewhere on Facebook one person who knew Siobhan wrote: “Such a lovely girl and lovely person. Life can be very cruel at times.”
Another said: “She was absolute doll- beautiful, happy and generous spirited wee girl and just the same when she grew up. Such a lovely person, so so sad.”
A third wrote: “A very harsh reminder of how life can change in the blink of an eye.”
Staff at Greenhaw Primary School, where Siobhan attended school from 1979 to ‘86, meanwhile posted on their own Facebook page:
“Our deepest condolences to the family of Siobhan Hutcheon, (Siobhan Coyle) who was killed yesterday in a car crash. Siobhan was a beautiful person, inside and out.”