POLICE in west Belfast investigating a fatal collision at Colin Glen Forest Park last Tuesday are appealing to a member of the public, believed to have been at the scene of the collision, to come forward.
Valerie Armstrong, a young mother of three, died as a result of her injuries after being struck by a scrambler motorcycle at around 6 pm on Tuesday evening, July 19.
Inspector James Murphy said: “The investigation into this tragic incident continues and we are now appealing to a male passer-by who was present at the scene of the collision, and who may have spoken to the rider of the scrambler, to come forward.
“We believe this man has information which could be of assistance to our investigation and I would ask him to contact police at Woodbourne on 101 quoting reference 1041 19/07/16.”
A 17-year-old male has been charged with causing the death of Mrs Armstrong by dangerous driving.
He was remanded in custody after appearing at Belfast Magistrates’ Court last week.
A 15-year-old male is currently on bail pending further enquiries.
At her Requiem Mass today, Fr Pat Sheehan told mourners gathered at the Church of the Nativity in Poleglas that Mrs Armstrong’s death “could have been avoided and should have been avoided”.
The parish priest said that although her death was not intentional, he added that it had resulted from the decisions of others, in particular who parents who bought scrambler bikes for the children who lived in built up areas.
‘These are the choices which are destroying lives,” Fr Sheehan told mourners.