Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Ulster’s roads claim three more victims

Three people died this weekend as a result of collisions on Northern Ireland’s roads.

The fatalities bring the number of road deaths so far this year to 90, compared to 75 during the same period in 2008.

Two of those who died this weekend were from Co Tyrone. Margaret McCanny, a former teacher in her late thirties, was walking her dogs when she was hit by a car close to her family’s farm on Dromore Road in Omagh late Friday night. Omagh parish priest Monsignor Joseph Donnelly said clergy and the community were supporting the family.

“This is most distressing for them — they also lost their son Oliver 22 years ago,” he said.

He said they had celebrated the wedding of Ms McCanny’s sister in the springtime.

“It was a very happy and joyful occasion for them — and now this has happened,” the monsignor added.

A female passenger in the car was also taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Ms McCanny’s funeral will be held in Sacred Heart Church in Omagh this morning.

A 36-year-old motorcyclist from Carrickmore in the county died when his bike was in collision with a car on Tummery Road close to Dromore on Saturday.

The man, who was named locally as Dermot Loughran, died in hospital.

Mr Loughran had recently moved to Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh.

Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald expressed her sympathy to the Loughran and McCanny families.

“The McCanny family are widely known and well respected throughout the Omagh district and beyond,” she said.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first tragedy to strike this family — their young son was killed in |an accident on the farm several years ago.

“I was speaking to one of Dermot's relatives who told me that he was returning home to Lisnakea after a family visit to Omagh when the accident happened just after 5pm.

“Dermot's death is a terrible blow for his family, particularly for his wife who is due to give birth to their third child next month”.

A 23-year-old man died after he was injured in a car crash on Ballycrochan Road in Bangor on September 18.

Two other males who were in the car were taken to hospital but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The man’s family asked for his privacy to be respected.

Anyone who witnessed the |collisions was asked to contact police.

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