Sister’s touching tribute to Downpatrick road victim

Jack Murnin died in a three-car collision on Monday
Jack Murnin died in a three-car collision on Monday

Touching tributes have been paid to the 20-year-old man who died in a three-car collision in Downpatrick, Co Down, on Monday afternoon.

Jack Murnin was killed in a collision on the Strangford Road.

He was the 77th person to die on Ulster’s roads this year. This time last year 55 people had lost their lives on our roads.

This was the second tragedy to hit the Co Down victim’s family, as his father Gerard was also killed in a road traffic collision 14 years ago.

On Tuesday Mr Murnin’s grieving sister Molly paid tribute to him on his Facebook page.

“To say I lost my brother yesterday is an understatement, I also lost my best friend, my personal bodyguard and the one who’s looked out for me and protected me since I was 3,” she posted.

“Words can’t describe how amazing he was, not a day went by when he didn’t pop his wee head round my door to see how I was or text me to see what I was doing.

“You’re with daddy now jack, right were you’ve always wanted to be. I love you so much, sleep tight my angel, forever in my heart Jack Murnin,” she added.

Among the other posts from friends was: “May you rest in peace big lad, you were a great friend to all and loved by all. Going to miss ya big lad!! And my prayers go out to your family” from Neil Magorrian.

Another post from Gary McClements said: “Couldn’t believe it when I heard... It true what they say God only takes the best... R.I.P jack... Love you lots mate....”.

Earlier, South Down MP Margaret Ritchie extended her condolences to Mr Murnin’s family and friends.

She said: “While any sudden and unexpected death is tragic, this loss is all the more poignant at this time of year and considering that his father passed away under similar circumstances 14 years ago. Jack and his father are survived by his mother, grandmother and two siblings, whose grief must be beyond reckoning.”

Meanwhile, also on Monday around 3pm, a teenager was left in a critical condition after a serious collision on the Hillhall Road in Lisburn, Co Antrim. The 19-year-old had been a passenger in a silver Toyota Starlet car.

A spokesman for the Royal Victoria Hospital on Tuesday said he “remained critically ill in intensive care”.