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Cyclist is 50th fatality on NI roads this year

By Luke Barnes

Published 07/10/2016

Police sealed off the dual carriageway as forensic experts examined the scene
Police sealed off the dual carriageway as forensic experts examined the scene

A cyclist has died after a collision on the Newtownards to Bangor carriageway yesterday morning - the 50th person to die on our roads this year.

The accident happened at around 5.50am when the victim, a 50-year-old man, was in collision with a Renault on the A21 near the Somme Heritage Centre. The driver of the car was not injured in the crash.

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne expressed his condolences.

He said: "I am shocked and saddened that a man has lost his life in a terrible accident on this section of the road.

"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.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family and friends at this tragic time."

At the Policing Board meeting yesterday, Chief Constable George Hamilton said: "The number of road deaths is always too many. I pass on condolences for the terrible loss his family is suffering."

Inspector David McClements is appealing for anyone who was travelling between Newtownards and Bangor yesterday morning to contact police on 101.

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