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Even emergency crews were left shocked at scene of Ballycastle death smash

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/07/2015

Flowers left at the scene of the crash
Flowers left at the scene of the crash
Robin Wilson
Johnny Black

The prayers of the hundreds of people who gathered in Ballycastle in April for a candle-lit vigil to pray for the recovery of young Clodagh Arbuckle have been answered.

The 18-year-old had been critically injured in a horror car smash near the Co Antrim seaside town on Easter Monday in which two men - 19-year-old Johnny Black and Robin Wilson (26) - were killed.

The crash had been so severe that even seasoned emergency workers were left shocked by what they had witnessed in the early hours of that morning.

With injuries to her brain, kidneys, liver as well as broken arms, Clodagh was given a less than a one-in-three chance of survival.

The collision on the Cushendall Road had left the small town reeling, as practically every resident knew someone involved.

Police described the crash as a head-on collision between a black Peugeot 207, found lying on its roof, and a silver Volkswagen Bora, which was partially stuck in a hedge after having struck a telegraph pole.

Seven young people had been in the two cars as they exploded into wreckage.

Teenager Johnny Black was the first life claimed in the tragedy. Locals described the 19-year-old as a popular young man who was passionate about the haulage business he would one day have inherited from his father Seamus.

A lorry from the family firm was later turned into a makeshift hearse to carry Johnny on his last journey to church.

Armoy man Robin Wilson died later in hospital.

Another popular young man, he was described by the former mayor of Ballymoney, Bill Kennedy, as a "lovely big fella".

Police later appealed for information about a third car which was at the scene of the crash.

It had been parked near the scene of the carnage from Monday morning until Monday evening when it was towed away.

Shane Kinney (20), from nearby Armoy, later appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, seven of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice, failing to report an accident, failing to remain at the scene and drugs offences.

Police told the court they had identified the third car as a Volkswagen Golf belonging to Kinney.

He is currently on bail.

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