Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Tributes paid to Fermanagh crash death woman

The death of a young woman following a road accident close to a quarry has been described as an absolute tragedy that has left a community in shock.

Aisling Reilly from the Lisnaskea area of Fermanagh died yesterday morning.

The 25-year-old was involved in a single vehicle crash on the Dernawilt Road.

The accident was reported to police shortly before 9am.

Ms Reilly’s death brings the total to 18 people who have died on the roads in Northern Ireland so far this year. Local politicians said her death had left the community in shock.

Sinn Fein MLA Sean Lynch, who knows the family, said: “My heart goes out to all of them at this time.

“It's an absolute tragedy.”

DUP councillor Paul Robinson also paid tribute to Ms Reilly.

“It is just terrible news. A young girl in the prime of her life,” he said.

“It’s still not clear what has happened but people are just shocked by the news — it is very, very sad.”

Mr Robinson said the area where the crash took place can be dangerous.

“That road can be a bit of a black spot. I would ask anyone who may have seen the accident to contact the police,” he said.

Sinn Fein councillor for the area Thomas O’Reilly said it was a terrible time for the family.

“It is another tragic loss on the roads of Fermanagh,” he said.

The Dernawilt Road remained closed for a number of hours following the incident.

It reopened yesterday evening.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the crash or has information in relation to it to contact them in Enniskillen on 0845 600 8000.

Last year 48 people died on Northern Ireland's roads — the lowest toll on record.

However, the tally for 2013 so far, 18, is almost double the number for this time last year.

The most recent road deaths here involved two pensioners. A woman in her 70s died on April 18 following a crash on the Seven Mile Straight near Antrim two days earlier.

And a 69-year-old man died after an accident on the Glenshane Road between Londonderry and Claudy on April 17.

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