Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Tributes to biker killed in Ballymena accident

Tributes have been paid to the motorcylist killed this week.

John McCrory (19) died in hospital after he crashed his motorbike on the Shelling Hill Road in Ballymena around 5pm on Wednesday. It is understood no other vehicles were involved.

He was rushed to hospital but was unable to be revived.

He is the first motorcyclist to die on Ulster’s roads this year.

Mr McCrory worked as an apprentice electrician for JBE Building Services, and before he died he was working on a new extension to Gallagher’s tobacco factory in Ballymena.

He also had a passion for lambeg drums and had won several trophies in competitions.

DUP Ballymena councillor Paul Frew worked with him. He said all the workers were shocked by the accident.

“I could hardly believe it when I heard it was him,” he said.

“He was very into his motorbikes. Everyone is shocked and very sad by his death.”

North Antrim MLA Ian Paisley jnr, who knows the teenager’s family through Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church, called the death as “an awful tragedy”.

Rev John Greer said the man was “a quiet, well behaved” boy.

“He was just 19, coming 20 in two months,” he said. “He was a very nice young man, very quiet, played rugby at school and he was a champion lambeg drummer, very well behaved and attended church regularly and liked to contribute to the church.”

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