Nine-year-old child dies in Ballymena Scrambler motorcycle accident

A nine-year-old boy died in a serious accident involving a scrambler motorcycle in Ballymena on Thursday afternoon.

the child has received extensive tributes and condolences to the family, and police have confirmed that a 13-year-old boy, also involved in the incident, is in critical condition in the hospital.

The incident took place in the Danklag area of ​​the city around 17:00, and it was learned that the boys were riding two bicycles.

City Council Mayor Noel Williams said he was “deeply saddened” by the news.

“I want to express my condolences to his family,” he said.

“My thoughts and prayers are with both families and I ask that they be given the space they need during this very difficult time.”

SDLP adviser in the area, Eugene Reid, said the tragic news would come as a “huge shock” to the local population.

“I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of a nine-year-old who tragically died yesterday in a serious motorcycle accident in the Danklag area,” he said.

“The news of this death will be a huge shock to the local tight-knit community. Losing a child, especially under these circumstances, is just awful and I think of the child’s family as they struggle to deal with the worst news. conceivable for a parent.

“I would like to express my condolences to the other child involved in this incident and his family. I know the entire community will join me in wishing them a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with them as they recover.

“I also thank those local residents who attended to the victims immediately after the incident and who are undoubtedly traumatized by the incident, as well as the emergency services who provided first aid and provided the victims with the best possible treatment.”

DUP adviser Audrey Wales said she can empathize with the pain families are experiencing during this sad time.

“My heart goes out to parents, there is nothing sadder in this world than losing a child,” she said.

“I lost my own son in 2020 so I know the heartache this family is going through.

“The most important thing is for the community to come together and support both families right now.

“My thoughts and prayer are with all of them.”

DUP MP Paul Frew expressed condolences to the family of the deceased boy.

“It is terribly sad to hear this tragic news. As a father, I sympathize with the affected families. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them. My thoughts are also with everyone who was present at the scene yesterday,” he said.

UUP MLA Steve Aiken added: “Very sad news – our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends alike.”

According to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), three ambulance crews were involved in the accident, as well as an ambulance.

It is known that one of the children was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in an ambulance, and the other in an ambulance.

A spokesman for NIAS said: “NIAS received a call on 999 at 4:47 p.m. following reports of two children who were injured in a cycling incident in the Dunklag area of ​​Ballymena this afternoon.

“NIAS dispatched three ambulance crews and a doctor to the scene, and assigned a charity air ambulance with a HEMS crew to take part in the incident.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “A boy aged nine unfortunately died in a two-vehicle collision in the Dunclag area of ​​Ballymena, which the Northern Ireland Police Service can confirm.

“He died in hospital as a result of his injuries after a collision between two motorcycles, which occurred on Thursday, June 16 at around 4:55 pm.

“A second boy, aged 13, was taken to the hospital and is believed to be in critical condition this morning.

“A full investigation is now underway and Detective Sergeant Neil Harrison is asking anyone who witnessed the collision or who has mobile phone video footage that could assist officers in their investigations to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference number 1342 from 06/16/22”.