Crashed Lives

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Shannan, died aged 17

Shannan was one month off her 18th birthday and 6 months into her R plates. She was the only person in her car when she crashed on 24th July 2009 on the Bann Road, Ballymoney, having been to the cinema with friends. She was close to home. The crash happened around midnight.

Shannan was a beautiful, musical, bright popular girl, an A Level student at Dalriada, who wanted to become a teacher.

Her whole future was wiped out in a split second – a millisecond’s lack of concentration. She couldn’t wait to get her licence.

Shannan’s parents are devastated by the loss of their daughter.

Every day is difficult.

They will never see her go to university, walk her down the aisle when she gets married, or watch her with her own children.

"When Shannan died part of us died with her…you never, in a million years, think that this is going to happen to you.

We are doing this to prevent some other family going through what we do. Young people need to know that they are not invincible. It can happen to them. You need to be ready for the unexpected."