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Cyclist dies after being hit by car in Newtownards

Published 06/10/2016

Police at the scene of the serious road traffic collision on the Bangor bound lane of the Newtownards to Bangor carriageway in Co Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Police at the scene of the serious road traffic collision on the Bangor bound lane of the Newtownards to Bangor carriageway in Co Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
A cyclist was hit by a car on Thursday morning on the Bangor bound lane of the Newtownards to Bangor carriageway in Co Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
A cyclist was hit by a car on Thursday morning on the Bangor bound lane of the Newtownards to Bangor carriageway in Co Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye

A 50-year-old male cyclist who was hit by a car in an early morning road crash in Newtownards has died, police have confirmed.

The collision happened shortly before 5.50am on Thursday on the A21 Bangor bound carriageway close to the Somme Heritage Centre.

He is the third cyclist to die on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year.

A man who was driving the car was not injured.

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne has expressed his shock that there has been another fatality on the roads.

“It is devastating that yet another life has been lost on our roads following two other fatalities on roads locally during 2016, sadly this is the second cyclist who has died in an early morning collision in the local area within the last few months,” he said.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends at this tragic time.”

Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling between Newtownards and Bangor on Thursday morning and who witnessed the collision to contact local police in Newtownards or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 167 of 06/10/16.

The A21 road was closed to Bangor bound traffic for most of the day while the scene was examined before it reopened on Thursday afternoon.

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