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Death of girl near hospital ‘linked’ to earlier crash

A teenage girl was found dead near Belfast City Hospital in the early hours of Sunday. Credit: Pacemaker

Police are investigating a link between the death of a 17-year-old girl found near Belfast City Hospital and a road traffic collision during the early hours of Sunday.

The teenager was pronounced dead after being found in a grey coloured MG car, in the vicinity of Belfast City Hospital on the Lisburn Road.

That discovery, just before 3am on Sunday, came shortly after police were alerted to a single-vehicle crash on the Ballygowan Road, near the junction with the Manse Road in Castlereagh.

Officers found a silver Mercedes on its roof in the undergrowth near a roundabout.

A man was found injured near the scene and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A single-vehicle crash on the Ballygowan Road may be linked to the discovery of the teenage girl's body. Credit: Pacemaker

A post mortem will be carried out on the teenage girl to determine the exact cause of death.

Following the discovery of her body, there was a significant police presence in the area around the City Hospital and investigations are continuing.

PSNI Chief Inspector Michael Gregg urged anyone with information to come forward.

“Were you in the Manse Road area/general Ballygowan area between 1am and 2.30am on Sunday?” he asked, as part of the police appeal.

“Did you see a car matching the description of the silver Mercedes? Did you witness the collision? Did you see any other vehicles in the time after the collision, including a grey MG?”

Chief Inspector Gregg added: “I also want to appeal to anyone who was in the Belfast City Hospital/Lisburn Road area of the city and saw a grey MG to please call us.

“We need to know how this young girl was brought to the hospital, by whom, and from where.”