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10th Aug 2023

8-year-old girl killed in tragic car accident in Co. Antrim

Kat O'Connor

An 8-year-old girl has tragically passed away after a road accident in Co. Antrim.

A boy, believed to be 5 years old, was also involved in the accident. He was rushed to hospital and is currently being treated at Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast.

The accident occurred in the High Street area of Carrickfergus on Wednesday, August 9th.

The young girl has been named as Scarlett Rossborough. Her family confirmed she was due to celebrate her 9th birthday next month.

Police issued a statement following the tragic loss.

“We received a report at approximately 11.40 am of a one-vehicle road traffic collision.

“Officers attended together with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance but sadly Scarlett passed away at the scene,” they stated.

Police confirmed a second child was injured following the accident, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers have launched an investigation following the accident and are urging witnesses to come forward.

“An investigation is now underway to establish the circumstances of the collision.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time, or who may have any dash-cam or mobile phone footage.”

They have asked witnesses to contact officers in the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, and quote reference number 684 of 09/08/23.