Ethan McCourt: Tributes paid after Castledawson crash

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Ethan Michael McCourt died in hospital following a one-vehicle crash at the Castledawson roundabout

Tributes have been paid to a six-year-old boy who has died in hospital almost a week after a one-vehicle crash at the Castledawson roundabout.

Ethan Michael McCourt, from the Bellaghy area, was injured following the crash in County Londonderry shortly after 07:45 BST on Monday 20 June.

Police said the driver of the car remains in hospital.

The Right Reverend Monsignor Andrew Dolan described Ethan as a "typical wee boy" who was "just so full of fun".

The parish priest from St Mary's Church in Bellaghy told BBC News NI that the little boy was an only child who would have celebrated his seventh birthday later this week.

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He said Ethan was on his way to school, which he loved, when the incident happened.

"He loved playing with all his wee friends at St Mary's school," he said. "The teachers and just the whole school are in complete shock.

"There was a lot of shock last week but now there's just an awful sadness over the whole village after this news.

"Everyone here in Bellaghy has, and continues to have, Ethan and his whole family in their prayers."

GAA club Bellaghy Wolfe Tones paid tribute to their player on social media.

The club said it was devastated and that it kept Ethan's "father Declan in our thoughts as he receives continued treatment in hospital".

Witnesses or those with dash-cam footage have been asked to contact police.

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