Family left devastated as boy, 5, killed after being hit by van while riding bike in road


A five-year-old boy has been killed after being struck by a van while riding his bike – according to reports. The incident took place in Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland, yesterday. Ollie Simmons-Watt is believed to have been on his bike when the single vehicle collision happened in Limavady on Thursday. The child was rushed to hospital following the incident which happened at 3.40pm in the Irwin Avenue area.

But tragically, the boy died as a result of his injuries a short while later. 

Police are appealing for information. PSNI sergeant Amanda McIvor said: “It was reported shortly after 3.40pm that a van had struck a child in the Irwin Avenue area.

“We believe at this time that Ollie was on his bike in the area at the time of the collision.

“Officers attended alongside colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance NI, and the boy was taken to hospital for treatment, but unfortunately died from his injuries.

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“The road, which was closed for a time following the collision, has since re-opened.

“Our enquiries are continuing, and we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or captured any dash cam or other footage, to get in touch via 101, and quote reference number 1235 of 29/09/22”.

Meanwhile, police are also appealing for information following a fatal two-vehicle crash in the Curr Road area of Beragh, Co Tyrone, on Wednesday.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “It was reported shortly after 11.25am that a lorry and a grey Renault Modus had been involved in a collision in the area.

“Officers attended alongside colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. “One man aged in his 80s, who was driving the Renault, was taken to hospital following the incident. Sadly, he has since passed away.” Anyone who witnessed the crash, or has footage of it, is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 582 of September 28.



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