20/10/2008

Roads Claim More Lives

The roads have claimed another victim, this time a man in his 20s who was killed in a car crash on the Ballydonaghy Road in Crumlin on Sunday morning.

The crash was reported to police around 8am after a young man was found lying beside a black Vauxhall Vectra. He died later in hospital.

It has today emerged that a car thief may in fact have left his friend dying by the side of the road after their vehicle crashed.

It is understood the car may have been stolen from the Dundrod area near Lisburn a short time before the collision.

Police said today there were possibly two people in the car and have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have seen the vehicle in the Lisburn area shortly before the accident, to contact them in Antrim.

The road was closed until late yesterday while police investigated the circumstances of the accident.

The victim had not been named last night as police waited for a formal identification.

Meanwhile, two women were also hurt in an accident on the Boucher Road in south Belfast yesterday afternoon after the car they were travelling in hit crash barriers.

It is understood they suffered minor injuries.
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Also, a woman in her 20s was taken to hospital after she was injured in a crash on the Ballydrain Road a few miles from Comber village on Saturday night.

Police are also appealing for information following a fatal crash on the Newry bypass on Friday night.

A 21-year-old male motorcyclist died in the collision on the northbound lane of the carriageway near the Chancellor's Road junction. The incident was reported to police at 10pm.

It was the 14th motorcycling fatality in Northern Ireland so far this year.

The road toll in the Irish Republic also continues to grow with gardai at Maynooth , Co Kildare investigating a two-vehicle fatal road traffic collision at Laraghbyran, last night,

They said the collision involved two cars with a 33-year-old male driver being killed, the driver of the other car was seriously injured and was taken to the Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. The Irish police have also now named the man killed in an earlier collision, this time in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath on Saturday. He was Kevin Rocke, a 36-year-old from Ballynacargy.

See: Four Dead Within 24 Hours On Irish Roads

(BMcC)

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