The woman killed in one of three fatal accidents on Northern Ireland’s roads in a 12-hour period was six months pregnant, it has emerged.
Kelly Louise Norris (22) from Portrush was driving to work at Kylemore Nursery in Coleraine when her car was in collision with a lorry yesterday morning.
Her family were understood to be in Belfast last night awaiting the results of a post-mortem. Her grandfather Billy Dunlop said the entire family circle has been devastated by the tragedy.
The accident that claimed the life of Ms Norris happened at Mathers Cross on the Atlantic Road outside Coleraine at about 8.20am yesterday — just hours after 29-year-old Steven Bernard Doey was killed in a separate accident in Coleraine.
Mr Doey from the Harpur’s Hill area of Coleraine was due to celebrate his 11th anniversary with his partner in less than two weeks.
Jennie Holmes, the daughter of Mr Doey’s partner, said: “He was very close to his two brothers Gregory and Christopher and his daddy Norman. He lost his mummy last year and he is going to be buried with her.
“Steven would have been with my mummy Lorraine for 11 years on May 16. She is devastated, she’s not doing very well at all.
“It’s absolutely devastating. I lived with him and mum and we went through a lot. Even though there was a 20 year age gap, they were very close and my mum was the love of his life and he was like a brother to me.
“He was a fantastic, brilliant person. He loved football and was absolutely passionate about Liverpool.
“He loved playing pool and he had just won some trophies.
“I think it was a wet road and he hadn’t long changed the car. He was driving a BMW and I think he lost control.”
Mr Doey was driving on the ring road in Coleraine, close to the junction with the Ballycastle Road, when it is understood the vehicle left the road and hit a tree.
His remains were returned to the home of his partner yesterday afternoon. A funeral service for Mr Doey is due to take place at St John’s Church at 10am tomorrow before he is laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. East Londonderry MLA John Dallat said: “It’s not just another statistic — it’s a tragedy for the family.”
A second man died in an accident in Co Down at about 10.30pm on Tuesday. Police have not released any details regarding his identity.
The accident involving two vehicles happened at Ballyblack Road East, Newtownards. Two other men were injured in this crash.
The accidents bring to 41 the number of people killed on Northern Ireland’s roads so far this year compared to 34 in the same period last year.
The tragedies occurred as the DoE launched a new road safety campaign urging motorists to take care and use their seatbelts properly.