Woman arrested and released on bail after schoolgirl’s road death

A woman in her 50s has been released on bail by police officers investigating the fatal collision which claimed the life of a seven-year-old girl in west Belfast.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 6:07 pm
The scene in Ballymurphy where the seven-year-old was struck by a car and killed. Press Eye - Belfast

The woman was arrested following the death of Kaitlin McCoubrey-Fullerton who died after she was struck by a car on Springfield Avenue on Saturday evening.

Superintendent Gillian Kearney said: “Shortly after 6.10pm, Kaitlin was struck by a car, tragically, she passed away at the scene.

“One person has been arrested and is assisting police with their inquiries.

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“Specially trained officers are continuing to provide support to those impacted during this difficult time.

“Inquiries are continuing and officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time, or who may have dashcam or CCTV footage or any other information to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1644 03/04/21.”

Sinn Fein councillor Steven Corr has extended condolences to the young girl’s family following the incident in west Belfat.

He said: “[On Saturday] evening the community of the Upper Springfield is devastated following a tragic road traffic accident in Springhill.

“Our local community is shocked and saddened following the loss of this very young life.

“It has left many local people reeling and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected at this time.

“I will liaise with the local families and community, and I appeal for the media to respect the privacy of the affected families during this very difficult time.”

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