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Edward McConnell's family 'devastated' after road death in Fermanagh

Crash victim believed to have been on way home

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 07/09/2016

Police officers at the scene of the crash in which a man in his 30s died in Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, yesterday
Police officers at the scene of the crash in which a man in his 30s died in Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, yesterday

A minister has described the family of a man who was killed in a road crash in Co Fermanagh as "devastated".

Edward McConnell died in a single-car accident in the village of Lisbellaw on Monday night.

The circumstances of the crash are still unknown.

Mr McConnell was from Fortview Park, near where the accident happened.

He was not married and lived with his widowed mother. His father, also named Edward, passed away last year.

Mr McConnell was in his 30s and had two sisters.

His family attends Lisbellaw Presbyterian Church, and Reverend Rodney Beacom gave a statement on their behalf.

"The family, of course, are devastated," he said. "They are naturally devastated at the death of a much-loved son and brother and uncle and family member."

Rev Beacom said Lisbellaw Presbyterian Church was dedicated to supporting the family.

"As a church family, we will do everything to help and encourage them in their time of grief," he added.

Local Ulster Unionist councillor Robert Irvine, who knows the family, said Mr McConnell was quiet, but well-liked.

"They're a very tight-knit family," he explained.

Mr Irvine, who has known the McConnells more than 25 years, called the accident a tragedy.

"I'm very saddened about the tragic loss of another young life, particularly in these circumstances," he said.

"The thoughts of the community are with the family at this time."

Rev Beacom said Mr McConnell was dear to his family and that they requested privacy at this time.

"The family just wants to grieve in peace," he said. "Edward is just a much-loved son and brother and uncle and family member."

Mr McConnell's red Volkswagen car crashed at around 5pm on Monday, and no other cars were present.

It is believed he was on his way home.

It was reported on Monday night that Mr McConnell was taken to the South West Acute Hospital, but his cause of death has not been reported.

Police closed the Tattymacall Road at Weaver's Lane for investigation after the accident. The road has since been reopened.

Mr McConnell is the third person to have died from a car accident in the past few days.

On Saturday, 79-year-old Patrick James McGeough died in a collision on the Cavan Road near Newtownbutler.

On Sunday morning, Paul Crossan, who was in his 40s, died on the Clooney Road in Co Londonderry after a two-car collision.

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