Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Man arrested in Donegal after suspected hit-and-run death in Co Fermanagh

Forensic officers at the scene of the crash near Belleek in Fermanagh JOHN McVITTY

A man has been arrested in Donegal after a father in his 50s was killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Fermanagh.

The PSNI has drafted in gardai to help trace the driver of a blue Ford Focus which is believed to have been involved in the fatal incident close to the border.

Officers believe the car would have sustained damage to its front.

The man – named locally as Patrick McCafferty – was killed at about 2.50 am yesterday on the Tullychurry Road in Leggs, near Belleek. He is understood to be a father-of-three.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family following the death of Mr McCafferty's niece, Donna Ferguson, who was killed in a crash on the Boa Island Road, less than five miles from yesterday's incident.

Donna (24), who was a journalist, was on her way to work at a radio station in Omagh when her Peugeot 206 crashed into a van on December 5, 2006.

It is understood that Mr McCafferty lived on the Tullychurry Road, close to Kesh and is originally from outside Pettigo.

It is the second death on Northern Ireland's roads this year after a 65-year-old man was killed in a three-car collision in Newtownstewart, Tyrone, on Friday afternoon. Ulster Unionist councillor Raymond Farrell expressed his shock at the sudden death.

"A terrible tragedy in the early hours of this morning (Sunday) near Belleek with the death of this man in a hit-and-run. The start of a new year when many make plans, it can all change in the blink of an eye."

Tommy Gallagher, a former SDLP MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, lives close to the where the incident occurred and said he knew of the family.

He said: "There's great sadness in the area and everyone, including myself, wants to sympathise with the family in the aftermath of the tragedy.

"For this to happen in the first few days of the New Year is very difficult.

"The accident happened very close to where he lived while his family home is just across the border near Pettigo."

Sinn Fein MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Phil Flanagan, also expressed his sympathy to the family.

He added: "Saddened to hear of another death on our roads."

Police are appealing for witnesses.

A police spokesman added: "Police are investigating the death of a man after he was struck by a car."

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