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Family heartbroken as boy, 3, dies after Ards collision

Kai Corkum was taken to hospital in a critical condition following the incident in Newtownards. Credit: Family photo

The family of a three-year-old boy hit by a car in Newtownards have been left devastated by his death in hospital.

Little Kai Corkum was knocked down on the Movilla Road at about 5.20pm on Thursday.

He was taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in a critical condition, but died as a result of his injuries on Friday.

His grandfather posted on social media that he was simply “heartbroken”.

Speaking about the tragedy, DUP MP Jim Shannon said: “There wouldn’t be a person in the community who wouldn’t be thinking about them.”

Flowers laid at the scene where the little boy was hit by a car in Ards. Credit: Presseye

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the incident on suspicion of dangerous driving and has since released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to contact them.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “The collision involved a silver-coloured Volkswagen Golf.

“I would ask anyone who was in the Movilla Road area of the town on Thursday afternoon and who witnessed the collision to get in touch with police as soon as possible, as you may have information vital to our investigation.

“If you were driving in the area, you may also have dash-cam footage - and if you do, again I would urge you to contact us on 101.”