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Communities plunged into mourning as roads claim lives of Lisa McAuley and John Reid

By Cate McCurry

Published 18/09/2015

Lisa McAuley died after her car crashed in Cargan last week
Lisa McAuley died after her car crashed in Cargan last week
John Reid succumbed to his injuries after his car was in an accident on August 30

Two communities have been left devastated after two young people died following separate car crashes.

A 27-year-old woman from Cushendall died on Wednesday night, five days after she was involved in a single car crash.

Lisa McAuley, who was described as a "bubbly and outgoing young woman", crashed on the Glenravel Road in Cargan last Friday.

She was driving a white-coloured Hyundai when the accident happened shortly after 5pm.

She was a former employee of Glens Residential Care Home in her home town.

A family friend from Cushendall said that she was a "very caring lady".

"She was a very bubbly and outgoing person," they added. "She was always full of life and always had a smile on her face.

"She was also a very caring person. Lisa was great with the residents when she worked for the care home and she still visited them after she left and right up until quite recently.

"The residents were very fond of her and she was very fond of them too.

"Her death came as a complete shock to everyone in the area. Everyone is so shocked and very sad about her death. Everyone prayed for her full recovery following the car accident.

"She was also very close to her sister, Kerry.

"They were always together and you wouldn't have seen one without the other."

The former clerical officer was an employee of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: "We wish to offer Lisa's family their condolences at this difficult time."

Sinn Fein councillor for Cargan, Paul Maguire, said his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the young victim.

Mr Maguire added: "Something radical has to be done to prevent our young people from losing their lives on our roads in such tragic circumstances.

"I would appeal to former Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to return to work so that we can arrange an urgent meeting around road safety and accident prevention measures."

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop told how local people were plunged into mourning following the news of the young woman's death.

She said: "The whole community is devastated. Everyone is just numb at the news.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and wider circle."

Meanwhile, another young driver died yesterday, three weeks after he was seriously injured in a car crash in Co Antrim.

John Reid (21), from the Ballymena area, was travelling in a blue Mitsubishi when it crashed at around 12.20am on Sunday, August 30.

The accident happened while he was travelling along the Kilraughts Road in Ballymoney.

Their deaths follow the recent tragedy of two teenage boys who were killed earlier this week after the car the pair were travelling in crashed on the outskirts of Rostrevor.

The two teenage boys, named locally as James Miskelly and Eoin Farrell, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

It brings the number of people who have died on our roads to 52 this year so far.

It is less than the total of 57 who had died in road incidents at this point in time last year.

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