Saturday 23 February 2019

Carter (10) is killed in hit-and-run on Tenerife

Carter Carson was killed while on a family holiday in Tenerife
Carter Carson was killed while on a family holiday in Tenerife

Tributes have been paid to a 10-year-old boy killed by a hit-and-run driver during a family holiday in Tenerife as it emerged that two people have been arrested in relation to the incident.

Carter Carson died in hospital on Friday, nearly 24 hours after he was hit by a car outside a shopping centre in Adeje, in the south of the island.

Family friend Charlene Dinnen has already raised more than £7,100 (¤8,000) towards his funeral costs after launching an appeal on crowdfunding website JustGiving.

"It breaks my heart to say this, but I'm trying to raise money to help friends Stuart Carson and partner Clair, as on Thursday what started out as a family holiday in Tenerife soon turned into a terrible tragedy when young Carter Carson was struck by a hit-and-run driver," she said.

"Carter was taken to hospital where doctors tried their best, but unfortunately they couldn't save him and he passed away on Friday.

"Carter was a happy-go-lucky wee boy who just loved his footy like his daddy and his grandad.

"I can't even put into words how heartbreaking this is. Sleep tight wee man."

Lisa Greer Stitt added on Facebook: "Heartbreaking to hear the news about young Carter. Happy young lad with his life in front of him.

"Will always remember that bright beautiful smile. Fly high son, night night."

Carter's football club, 18th Newtownabbey Youth FC, said in a statement: "It is with deepest condolences and heavy hearts we as a club are sadd-ened to hear to of the tragic passing of young Carter Carson.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends at the club."

Grieving Heather Doherty, whose son Josh played with Carter, added: "Stuart Carson and family, you are all in our thoughts at this time.

"A beautiful boy who everyone liked and will miss."


Carter was from Belfast like his dad, but is believed to have been travelling on an Irish passport.

The crowdfunding appeal quickly passed its £3,000 (€3,400) target by yesterday morning.

Police investigating the hit-and-run spent Saturday afternoon questioning several people, including a suspect, after seizing a red Alfa Romeo believed to be the car that hit Carter.

The vehicle, which had a damaged front headlamp, was spotted on Friday afternoon by an off-duty police officer near the scene of the hit-and-run.

Spain's interior ministry confirmed two people had been arrested. The pair are expected to appear in court today.

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