Fatal Crash: Minister speaks of ‘deep shock’ in community

PACEMAKER BELFAST  03/06/2015 The Volkswagen Golf which was involved in a single car accident  on Victoria Road between Newbuildings and Magheramason in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two young men died in the accident during which the car split into two pieces before coming to rest in a field.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/06/2015 The Volkswagen Golf which was involved in a single car accident on Victoria Road between Newbuildings and Magheramason in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two young men died in the accident during which the car split into two pieces before coming to rest in a field.

The Minister who has been comforting the families of two cousins killed in a fatal crash on the outskirts of Derry yesterday has said the entire community in Donemana, where the young men were from, is in “deep shock”.

Reverend Judi McGaffin, former Church of Ireland curate in Donemana said: “The parish of Donagheady and the wider Diocese of Derry and Raphoe are in mourning following the deaths of two young cousins in a road accident on the Victoria Road near Londonderry early this morning.

“The men who died were both members of the Church of Ireland in Donemana and news of their tragic and untimely deaths has left a deep sense of shock in the village and beyond.

“The loss is felt most acutely by the men’s families but it will be shared by their many young friends.”

She continued; “I am mindful, too, that two other young people were injured in this accident. This has been a traumatic experience for them. They are recovering in hospital, where their condition is described as ‘stable’.

“The bereaved, the injured and all those affected by this tragedy, are in our prayers at this most difficult time.”

Rev McGaffin said both families were struggling to come to terms with what has happened and wished to “mourn in private”.

“On their behalf, I appeal to the media to respect the families’ privacy at this difficult time.”