Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Town in mourning as second motorcyclist is killed in road tragedy

Aaron Ellis (20) crashed on his way to work
Aaron Ellis (20) crashed on his way to work

Emotional tributes have been paid to the second young man killed on Northern Ireland's roads in just three days.

It is believed the accident happened as 20-year-old Aaron Ellis from Carrickfergus was travelling to work on a motorbike. He became the 42nd person to die this year on Northern Ireland's roads.

No other vehicle was involved in the crash which occurred on the New Line road in the County Antrim town shortly before 7.50am.

It is believed that Mr Ellis was an apprentice engineer with Kilwaughter Chemical Co Ltd in Larne.

News of the former Carrickfergus College pupil's death comes just two days after promising motorbike racer, 27-year-old Jonny Buckley, was killed in Ballyclare when the car he was driving crashed along a country road on Monday night.

Both men were well-known in the motorcycling community in east Antrim, and devastated friends took to Twitter to express their sadness.

A fellow local motorcyclist led tributes as he wrote: "Sad news to hear that Aaron Ellis was killed today riding his motorbike, race in heaven with Jonny. Rest in peace."

Another friend wrote: "RIP Aaron Ellis. You will be missed by all. A true gentleman and I'm proud to have been your friend. I'll never forget you."

One simply said: "Heart definitely goes out to everyone who were close to Aaron Ellis. Only met him a few times but he was always so chatty and genuine."

Carrickfergus mayor Billy Ashe knows the family well and said his thoughts and prayers were with the them.

Local barman Chris Ogilby told the Belfast Telegraph that it was a real tragedy.

"It's sadly the sort of thing we hear more about at this time of year with the change of weather.

"It's just tragic, a young life cut short," he added.

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson expressed his sadness at the news.

He said: "I am deeply saddened that another life has been lost on our roads.

"I would like to extend my sympathies to the family and friends of this young man. I would urge all road users to take extra precautions when on the road.

"We must do more to ensure that no more lives are needlessly lost on our roads. Even one death on our roads is one too many. We must share the road to zero," he said.

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