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Community stunned as popular grandmother Anne Malone killed in Co Antrim crash

By Cate McCurry

Tributes have been paid to a grandmother who was killed as she crossed a road in Co Antrim.

The woman was Anne-Marie Malone who died at the scene.

The incident happened on the Ramoan Road in Ballycastle, close to the police station.

Mrs Malone, who was aged in her 50s and from Ballycastle, was struck by a vehicle at around 4.45pm yesterday.

Cara McShane, a Sinn Fein councillor for the area, described her as a "jovial" woman who was well respected in the town.

"Anne's family is very well known and liked in the Ballycastle area," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Anne was a very jovial and happy woman. Everyone smiled when they met her, she had an infectious smile.

"Her husband, Kieran, worked in a local bank - both of them were very well-liked.

"It's a big shock to the community which is so tight-knit.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and to the driver of the car who is also from Ballycastle. This is now something he has to live with and our hearts are breaking for him too.

"It's horrific."

SDLP North Antrim representative Connor Duncan said her death is a tragedy that has shocked local people.

He said: "My thoughts are first and foremost with this woman's family and friends at this very difficult time.

"The Ballycastle community is in shock but I have no doubt that they will rally round the family as they mourn the loss of a loved one. I would encourage anyone who was in the Ramoan Road area at 5pm yesterday and who may have seen anything to report it to the police as soon as possible."

Alliance candidate for North Antrim, Patricia O'Lynn, also offered her sympathies.

She said: "This was a tragic accident in which a woman lost her life.

"It is an incredibly sad time for the family and I send them my deepest sympathies as they deal with this tragedy. My thoughts are also with the emergency services who attended the scene.

"The PSNI has asked for witnesses to come forward and I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the accident to speak to the police."

Police are appealing for information following the tragedy.

Inspector O'Brien said: "I would ask anyone who witnessed this road traffic collision, or the car or pedestrian in the run-up to the collision, to contact Coleraine Police Station."

Mrs Malone's death takes the number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads to seven this year.

Meanwhile, police are also appealing for information following a two vehicle collision that occurred on the Frosses Road near Ballymoney at approximately 6.35pm yesterday.

The road traffic collision involved a black Citroen C4 Picasso and a white Suzuki Swift.

Two people were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

Inspector Colin Reeves said: "I would ask anyone who witnessed this collision, or either car in the run-up to the collision, to contact Coleraine Police Station."

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