My final moments with Reece
Thursday, 1 December 2016
A SHOCKED grandfather who tenderly cradled Coleraine schoolboy Reece Meenan during his final moments has spoken of his sadness. Dog Walker Maurice Dickey was just yards from the hit and run incident on the Newbridge Road dual carriageway which claimed the life of the 13-year-old Loreto pupil on Saturday evening.
Reece, whose father and grandparents are from the Ballycastle area, was laid to rest today (Tuesday, November 29) at Agherton Cemetery, Portstewart, following Requiem Mass in the town's Star of the Sea Church at 11am.
Mr Dickey said: "I was on Mountsandel Road when I heard a dull thud and a squeal or a shout; when I looked over the flyover I could clearly see a young boy lying on the central reservation below.
“I realised there had been an accident and rushed down the footpath at the side of the bridge. I could see about half a dozen teenagers; one lad said he had put the injured boy into the recovery position.
“A young lad held my dog while I sat down beside his friend; they told me the boy was called Reece and I spoke to him, but there was no response. The other kids in the group were in a terrible state.
“The road was busy and the cars were speeding past us. But we stayed on the central reservation with Reece; I think we were all in shock.
“Only one vehicle stopped and I remember two women getting out; I held Reece for what seemed like 15 to 20 minutes until the ambulance arrived. I think one of his friends had called for help on his mobile phone."
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