Boy, 5, killed after being hit by a van while riding his bike

A five-year-old boy has died in Co Londonderry after being hit by a van while riding his bike

Ollie Simmons-Watt died of catastrophic injuries in hospital (Image: PA)

A five-year-old boy has died after being hit by a van while riding his bike in Northern Ireland.

Ollie Simmons-Watt was cycling in a quiet residential area in the town of Limavady, Co Londonderry when he collided with the vehicle on Thursday.

The incident was reported just after 3:40 p.m. when the children were returning home from school.

Ollie was flown to the hospital but later died from his injuries.

Detectives are urging anyone who “witnessed the incident or captured a dash cam or other footage” to come forward.

Tributes have begun for the boy, who is believed to be survived by two siblings as well as his parents.

A spokesman for his local community centre, the Roe Valley Residents Association, said: “Ollie’s smile was contagious and he was full of character.

“He entertained everyone in all activities he participated in and he will be greatly missed by his friends, management, staff and volunteers at RVRA.

“We extend our sympathy and condolences to Ollie’s mom and dad; his siblings and the wider family at this very difficult time.

The center was due to open its doors at 6pm on Friday to “all young people” who need “support and a listening ear”.

Ollie’s death follows shortly after that of a man in his 80s whose Renault Modus collided with a truck in Co Tyrone on Wednesday morning.

Detectives are also asking for information on the crash, which was reported in Beragh just after 11.25am.

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Justin Scacco

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