Dylan McNicholl death leaves Garvagh community devastated
News that a 20-year-old man who was "always a joy to be around" has been killed in a road crash has left his small, tight-knit community devastated.
Dylan McNicholl was killed when he was struck by a white Volkswagen van yesterday morning.
The 20-year-old from Garvagh, Co Londonderry, was walking along the Tirkeeran Road when the accident happened.
Alderman Sam Cole, a DUP councillor for the Bann area, said the community was shocked by the news of the Dylan's death.
"My heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with his family at this tragic time," he said.
"This is every parent's worst nightmare. If your child goes out in the morning you expect them home later that day.
"It is simply tragic that the young man was killed in this way.
"He was well known in the community and he will be sadly missed.
"There were tears in Bell's Supermarket in the town when staff found out who had been killed.
"Dylan would have visited the shop often.
"We are all devastated."
There was an outpouring of support for the McNicholl family on Facebook as the news broke.
One distressed friend said: "RIP Dylan McNicholl, you'll be badly missed by all your friends and the whole of the Glenullin community".
Another said he had been taken "far too young", while a third posted: "Such sad news to hear, thoughts and prayers to your family".
"I actually can't believe what I've just read, my heart is absolutely broken, you were such an amazing person, RIP angel, love you loads", another posted.
Dylan's Facebook page said he was a student at St Paul's College, Kilrea.
A family friend told the Belfast Telegraph that Dylan and his family had spent a lot of time in America.
The Tirkeeran Road was closed following the crash but was reopened later on Wednesday.
Dylan's death brings the total number of people killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year to 62.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash.
Inspector Donna Bowden said: "The pedestrian, believed to be 20 years old, was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Caddy van at around 7.40am. "We are asking any witnesses to the collision to get in touch with police.
"The number to call is 101."