Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Family devastated by pedestrian’s death

An arrest has been made by police in Ards after the death of 59 year old Moira Rankin in a traffic collision in Newtownards on Monday at lunch time.

At around 1pm on Monday Moira Rankin was walking her dog along the dual carriageway on the Bangor Road in Newtownards, near Conlig, when she and the dog were hit by a silver Peugeot 106.

Local people have shown an outpouring of grief for the family of the deceased, with hundreds of comments being made on facebook pages offering condolences to her husband, children, family and friends.

Jim Shannon, Strangford MP said: “My most sincere sympathies are with the family of this lady at this time of devastation. I cannot begin to imagine their pain at this time and will pray for them. As Christmas is just around the corner and it is a time that we love to spend together as a family there will be a place that is empty and that is heartbreaking.

“I know that I speak on behalf of the whole area, when I say that we are so sorry for your loss and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayer in the difficult days ahead,” he added.

Austen Lennon, councillor, said: “The family must be in despair and it is heartbreaking to think of what they may be going through.

“There are no words to comfort them and there are no actions to help them except their friends and family being there for them.

“A thought must also go to the PSNI and Ambulance men who were at the scene. Some people think of them as people in uniforms but they are human too and they will be upset at today's crash too,” he added.

Alex Easton MLA said: “I would like to pass on my deepest sympathy to the family of the lady killed whilst out walking her dog on the Bangor to Newtownards Road, and calls on anyone with any information to contact the PSNI; this is a tragic incident which didn’t need to happen.”

Police are appealing to anyone who was on the Bangor Road, Newtownards between 12.30pm and 1.15pm on Monday December 12 or anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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