Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Shannon McQuillan road death to be probed by police watchdog

Shannon McQuillan

LONDON: The devastated father of a teenage girl knocked down and killed has described her as a gifted student who had her whole life ahead of her.

Paul McQuillan was speaking after it emerged that the Police Ombudsman is now investigating the accident that left 19-year-old Shannon McQuillan dead and her boyfriend Owen McFerran (21) fighting for his life in hospital.

Ulster University law and criminology student Shannon had earlier been taken by ambulance from Magherafelt, bound for Antrim Hospital, after becoming unresponsive following a slip on ice.

But, after an incident on the way to hospital, police were called and Shannon and Owen, who was in the ambulance with her, got out.

Shortly afterwards, around 3.40am, she was knocked down on the Moneynick Road near Toomebridge.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr McQuillan (56) said the whole family – mum Collette (49), brother Paul (25) and sisters Charlene (20) and Kelly (18) – were devastated by their unimaginable loss.

“We are grieving; Shannon was a bright student who had her whole life in front of her,” the former labourer said.

Dunloy woman Ms McQuillan, a former pupil of St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena, died as a result of her injuries, while Mr McFerran, who is from Ballymoney, is critically ill, according to a spokeswoman for Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday.

Shannon’s older sister Charlene, who works in a nursing home, paid an emotional tribute to her sibling, and revealed that Shannon had wanted to be a solicitor when she finished her studies.

“Shannon was very laid-back and easy-going; she just took everything in her stride. She was bubbly and beautiful,” said Charlene.

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