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Businessman's road death was the second tragedy to hit family

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 12/06/2015

Police at the scene of the crash on the Manoo Road in Kesh on Wednesday in which businessman John Forsythe died
Police at the scene of the crash on the Manoo Road in Kesh on Wednesday in which businessman John Forsythe died
John Forsythe

A businessman killed in a car crash had lost his mother just four months ago.

John Forsythe died in the two-vehicle accident near Kesh in Co Fermanagh on Wednesday evening.

A native of Castlederg, where he owned Forsythe's Take Away, the 51-year-old lived in the Kesh area.

A woman also injured in the accident was taken to hospital.

The crash happened on the Manoo Road in Kesh at about 6pm.

It is understood nearby roadworks had increased traffic on the road.

Local have described the road as treacherous and one councillor revealed he had been badly injured on the route several years ago. It is the second tragedy to hit Mr Forsythe's family in recent months.

His mother Ruby passed away in February.

Mr Forsythe had been involved with Dergview Football Club.

In a statement, the club said: "As well as being a keen supporter, John had been a member of Dergview Football Club's committee and part of the first team backroom staff throughout our most successful period in the 1990s and 2000s and has played a big part in getting the club to where it is today."

Friends also paid their tributes on his Facebook site.

One wrote: "Shocking news to receive, you were always a true gent John and always had a smile. Rest in peace friend."

Another said: "Absolutely devastated. I'm so glad I have so many memories that I'll treasure.

"A true gent taken much too soon. Thinking of the entire family at this sad time."

A third wrote: "So, so sad. RIP John, a lovely light gone to the angels."

Ulster Unionist councillor Rosemary Barton, who knows the family, said Mr Forsythe was a popular member of the community.

"He was a family man, he was always a very happy man, he always had a smile on his face and was extremely well thought of throughout the community," she said.

She said there has been a number of past fatalities on the same road.

"This road also has two very dangerous bends and these have had anti-skid surfaces put on these bends to actually try and prevent accidents happening," she said.

"Unfortunately this accident occurred at one of these very dangerous bends yesterday evening."

Fellow UUP councillor Raymond Farrell said he'd had a bad accident on the same road.

He said: "The Manoo Road is very dangerous.

"I was in a serious road accident on it myself 20 years ago so I'm always very careful when I am driving on it."

Mr Forsythe's death brings to 31 the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year, five of whom have died in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council area.

In 2014 there were 29 fatalities on the roads at the same stage of the year.

The first fatality this year was on January 4.

A man in his 80s was involved in a traffic collision in Co Antrim and later died.

The woman who was also injured in Wednesday's collision is in a stable condition at South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, officials said.

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