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Brother's tribute to man killed in three-car Ballyclare crash

By Laura Abernethy

Published 04/05/2016

Tragic death: Kenny Wright
Tragic death: Kenny Wright

A man who died in a three-car collision in Co Antrim has been named locally as Kenny Wright.

The 50-year-old from Ballymena had served time in prison for dealing heroin.

He was travelling along the Collin Road outside Ballyclare on Monday night when he was involved in a collision with two other cars shortly after 7pm.

He died at the scene.

Yesterday his brother Sherman Wright posted the news on social media.

He said: “It is with great sadness that today we hope to receive the deceased body of my father’s son and our brother Kenny.

“I loved my brother and the last time I had a conversation with him he reached me £50 for Christmas.

“I will never forget Kenny, he learned me how to do the Boston crab when wrestling all those years ago when growing up as children at home.

“Kenny also taught me how to box and play soccer and in doing so became blood, as we will be until the day we meet again.”

In 2003, Wright was sentenced to four years and six months after admitting dealing heroin.

Friends have been paying tribute to Mr Wright on social media.

One wrote: “Waking up this morning to the shocking and sad news of the death of a really good friend and gentleman.”

Another added: “Would have done anything for anybody.”

Five people, including two teenagers, were taken to hospital after the accident.

Two men and two women were rescued from their car by firefighters, while another man had to be cut from his vehicle.

Two people remain critically injured in the Royal Victoria Hospital and another person is in a stable condition in Antrim Area Hospital.

Police closed the road in both directions overnight but it reopened yesterday afternoon.

There have been 19 deaths on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2016 compared to 24 at the same time last year.

Political representatives have called for action to improve safety on the Collin Road.

DUP Assembly candidate Paul Girvan said: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the man who died and the people who are in hospital.

“It happened at a dangerous part of the road. I use that road a few times a week and there are a lot of hidden dips and bad corners.

“We don’t know the detail of what happened yet but it is a road that has a fairly bad accident history. Something needs to be done and if I am elected this week, I will be taking this up with the Road Service.

UUP councillor Vera McWilliam added: “My thoughts are with the family of the man who died and those who are still in hospital.

“The Collin Road is quite dangerous and there have been a few accidents in recent months where people have been lucky to be alive.

“I think we need to look again at what can be done to improve safety for road users on that road.”

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