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21/12/2003 - 9:06:54 PM

Second child dies after road tragedy

An eight-year-old girl died in hospital tonight from injuries she suffered when a car ploughed into a group of children, killing an 11-year-old boy instantly.

Emma Lynch had lain critically ill in hospital since Friday night’s accident close to the junction of the Falls Road and Springfield Road.

Christopher Shaw, of Valleyside Close, Belfast, died in the accident and his 13-year-old brother remains critically ill in hospital.

A 42-year-old man arrested at the scene of the accident is due to appear in court in Belfast tomorrow charged with causing Christopher's death.

He is due in Belfast Magistrates Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Police said that the motorist was driving up the Springfield Road when he appeared to lose control of the vehicle, swerved across the road and hit a set of traffic lights.

His vehicle careered on up the road dragging the lights with it and collided with the children walking down the pavement with Christopher sister’s new puppy.

The car then veered back across the road and came to a halt when it struck a parked vehicle.

Emma’s parents had maintained a vigil at her bedside in the Royal Victory Hospital – yards from the scene of the accident.

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