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Elderly woman dies on way to visit grave of husband

By Adrian Rutherford

An elderly woman killed in an accident near Enniskillen was walking to visit her husband's grave at the time.

Bridget Kelly died after being struck by a lorry on the Tempo Road shortly before 5pm on Wednesday.

The 76-year-old was from the Enniskillen area.

She is the third elderly woman to die on Northern Ireland's roads in the space of 36 hours.

Police said a man arrested in connection with the incident was released on bail yesterday morning pending further inquiries.

Ulster Unionist councillor Robert Irvine said he understood Mrs Kelly had been crossing the road en route to visiting her husband's grave at Breandrum Cemetery when the accident took place.

"Any death is tragic but this one is even more poignant considering the circumstances," he said.

"Little did she think that as she went out to visit her late husband that it would be her last journey.

"It is so very sad, and my thoughts are with the wider family circle."

SDLP Enniskillen councillor Frank Britton: "It is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts and my sympathies are with the family of this woman."

Mrs Kelly's death came 24 hours after an 84-year-old woman was fatally injured in a crash.

Bridget Mullin from the Sixmilecross area was returning home from a family wake.

She was a passenger in one of the cars involved in a collision at the junction of the Cloughfin Road and the Whitebridge Road at 6pm on Tuesday. It is understood she was returning home from the wake of her son's father-in-law in Draperstown.

Earlier on Tuesday an 83-year-old woman died following an accident in Rathfriland.

Hestor Brown, who was also known as Hessie, would have turned 84 later this month.

The collision, involving a bin lorry and a car, happened on Downpatrick Street shortly before 12.30pm.

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