Published Sunday, 09 December 2012
The couple died after the car they were travelling in collided with a tanker. (© Getty)
It is believed 18-year-old Kevin Conway, from Carrickmore, passed his driving test just last week.
His 16-year-old girlfriend Lisa O'Donnell was also killed in the crash on the Termon Road near Pomeroy on Saturday afternoon.
It is understood the teens were from well-known families in the area.
Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin MP for Mid Ulster, expressed his sympathy to the Conway and O'Donnell families.
"Their loss is undoubtedly a sad and tragic occasion but given its closeness to Christmas such a loss will be all the more sorrowful.
"I would urge people to take extra care on the roads over the coming weeks. Sadly we have seen too many deaths on our roads in recent weeks and we must do our utmost to ensure that care is taken on the roads in the Christmas period."
SDLP MLA Joe Byrne said the double fatality is tragic turn of events in the mouth of the festive season.
Two young lives have been ended in the cruellest of circumstances, just as they were preparing to make their way in the world.
West Tyrone SDLP MLA Joe Byrne
"The whole county of Tyrone is at a loss for this and it has made an indelible mark on the people, even further afield, coming so close to tragic deaths on roads in Magherafelt and Armagh over the past few days," Mr Byrne said.
A man in his 30s was also taken hospital for treatment to minor injuries following the collision.
Five people have been killed on Northern Ireland's roads this week.
Andrew Higgins, 18, died after he was hit by a car on the Monaghan Road in Armagh while out walking on Friday.
And on Thursday night Colin Doherty and his 15-year-old daughter Hannah died when the car they were travelling in collided with a cattle lorry between Magherafelt and Moneymore.
Roads Safety Minister Alex Attwood expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.
"This has been one of the worst periods for crashes and deaths on the road for some considerable time.
"I again ask that all road users are as careful as possible in the rundown to Christmas and the New Year," he said.