Tributes flood in for father and daughter killed in crash

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TRIBUTES have flooded in for a father and daughter killed in a car crash on Thursday night.

They have been named locally as Colin and Hannah Doherty.

The accident happened when their car collided with a lorry on the Moneymore Road, Magherafelt.

It is understood the 15 year-old and her dad, who were from the Castledawson area, were travelling back from a youth meeting when the accident occurred.

Hannah was a Form 5 student at the Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt.

A statement from the school described the staff and pupil’s shock and sadness at the news.

All games fixtures at the weekend, as well as a school disco planned for Tuesday December 11th, have been cancelled as a mark of respect.

“The school community was shocked and deeply saddened to learn this morning of the sudden death of one of our students who died with her father as a result of a road accident,” read the statement.

“Hannah Doherty was a lively and outgoing fifteen year old whose fun-loving personality endeared her to staff and pupils alike.

The statement continued: “Her love for life was evident to all who knew her and she will be greatly missed by the whole school community.

“Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy are extended to Hannah’s mother, brothers, grandparents and extended family at this very difficult time.”

Hannah, who was an aspiring journalist and had been writing a monthly column with a local woman’s magazine, has been described by friends as a “pretty and sweet girl”.

Hundreds of tributes have been left on the 15 year-old and her father on her social networking page.

On friend wrote: “You were an amazing person and I will miss you so much, you are in a safe place now. Gone but never forgotten, RIP Hannah,”

Another said: “God has taken such a lovely girl and her daddy :( He only takes the best.. Can’t believe it, you will definitely be missed! (sic)”

The Moneymore Road is expected to remain close until midday on Thursday.