23/01/2018

Police Ombudsman Launches Investigation After Fatal Road Death

The Police Ombudsman has launched an investigation over the actions of the PSNI after a woman was hit by a van and killed in Co Antrim.

19-year-old Shannon McQuilllan died after being struck by a vehicle on the Moneynick Road at about 3.45am on Saturday, 20 January.

Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Owen McFerran, who was with her at the time, was also hit by the vehicle and remains in a serious condition in hospital.
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A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman’s Office said: "Our investigators are now working to establish what happened during the interaction between police officers and Shannon and Owen prior to the collision.

"As part of routine police patrolling, officers were in the area of Secrets Nightclub in Magherafelt in the early hours of Saturday morning. Between 1.30am and 2am Shannon slipped on ice and required medical assistance. An ambulance was requested.

"Officers were then called to an incident on the Moneynick Road, near Toome, at around 2.50am, as a result of which there was further contact between police and Shannon and Owen.  

"Anyone who saw the interaction between the couple and police at ether location is asked to contact us."

(CD/MH)

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