Two held in Tenerife over killing of 10-year-old boy

Two men are being questioned by Spanish police over their involvement in a hit-and-run incident in which a 10-year-old boy from Northern Ireland was killed in Tenerife over the Easter weekend.

The boy, identified as Carter Junior Carson from Newtownabbey, near Belfast, was struck by a car in a southern Tenerife resort on Thursday night and died of his injuries in hospital on Good Friday.

The driver of a red Alfa Romeo did not stop to offer assistance.

A spokesperson for the police in Tenerife said on Monday that the two suspects were from Latvia. They are due to appear in court in Arona, Tenerife, on Tuesday, when a judge will decide whether they should face formal investigation and, in this case, be held in prison or allowed out on bail.

The Spanish news agency EFE had quoted sources on Sunday as saying that the two men arrested over the weekend were British citizens.

Photograph of the car which killed the 10-year-old boyCredit:
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Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido tweeted on Sunday morning that the police had “arrested two men for their alleged involvement in the fatal knocking down of a boy in Tenerife”.

Carter’s father, Stuart, paid an emotional tribute to his “wee superstar” son on radio station BelfastLive on Sunday.

"Carter was our world, with a smile that touched so many hearts. He was a football-crazy kid whose loss we can’t describe,” he said, while also thanking people for their support.

"We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their support, kind words and generosity.”

The incident occurred at approximately 8.30pm near the Gran Sur Shopping Centre on a street called Calle Dublin in Adeje.

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According to sources from the investigation, the red Alfa Romeo was located on Saturday in Granadilla, about 10 miles’ drive away from the scene of the hot and run. The relationship between the two men being held has not been clarified.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the two arrested men were British. 

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