Family in mourning as teenage son is killed in tragic accident

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A Banbridge family is in mourning this week after 14 year old Mark Colgan was tragically killed on the Scarva Road on Thursday morning (March 20).

Mark, a keen member of Aghaderg GAC, was hit by a van outside his home just before 8am. He was rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital but dies a short time later.

The 30-year-old driver of the van was initially arrested but was later released unconditionally.

A great aunt of the St Colman’s College student, Marie McAteer, said Mark had been a “very active wee boy who played gaelic football and hurling for the local Aghaderg GAC.”

She said everyone was “in complete shock” following the tragic accident.

“He was waiting for the bus for school and it was raining heavily,” she explained. “I think the bus was late and as they live opposite the bus stop his mum Felicity said ‘I will drop you down as far as Scarva’.

“She went to get the car and didn’t know what happened, if he stepped out of the van just hit him.”

Miss McAteer said Mark was the youngest of three children.

“Felicity and Mervyn are trying to get things organised, but they can’t because there’s post-mortem going on,” she added. “Everything is very rare and very hard to accept at the minute.”

Aghaderg/Ballyvarley GAA Club paid tribute to the young sports enthusiast. “Mark was an enthusiastic and talented footballer and hurler who played a huge part in our underage teams. He was also a quiet unassuming young man who always had a smile on his face.

“His family have been at the corner stone of our club since its foundation.

“We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our heartfelt condolences to his parents Mervyn and Felicity, sister Aideen and brother Paul, and the wider Colgan and Stewart families, on behalf of the club and community.”