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Family devastated after father-of-two is killed in early morning car crash

By Chris McCullough

Published 24/10/2016

'Kamil's brother Marian Cervenka is consoled after visiting the scene of the tragic crash
'Kamil's brother Marian Cervenka is consoled after visiting the scene of the tragic crash
Kamil Cervenka

Grief-stricken friends and family of a Slovakian man who died in a car crash held and comforted each other at the scene near Randalstown yesterday.

The accident happened on the Portglenone Road, close to the junction with Groggan Road, and involved one car.

The man who died has been named as 37-year-old Kamil Cervenka, a father-of-two who is originally from the central European country of Slovakia.

His grieving family, including his brother Marian, attended the scene of the crash yesterday morning to pay their respects.

It is understood the victim worked at a car breakers' yard in the area, and leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

Friends and colleagues paid tribute on social media.

Joel Neill wrote on Facebook: "RIP Kamil Cervenka you will be missed about the yard."

Dean Turton described him as "a really good friend and the best laugh in Kernohan's. Such a kind heart! You'll be missed big lad. RIP Kamil! Fly high big lad!"

And Derrick Moore added: "Kamil Cervenka, it was a pleasure to work with you and call you a friend. You were a real gent, may you rest in peace."

Police had closed the Portglenone Road for a period of time after yesterday's early morning crash, but reopened it again yesterday afternoon.

The death brings the total number of fatalities on Northern Ireland roads so far this year to 54.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough DUP Councillor, Trevor Beatty, said: "I was at the scene of the incident on Sunday morning and spoke to the brother of the victim.

"As you would imagine the family is totally devastated by this tragedy, which has left a father-of-two dead.

"Local people are shocked by what has happened and my sympathies are with the family of friends at this difficult time."

DUP MLA, Trevor Clark, added: "My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Our roads are taking too many lives. Please drive with care."

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police can confirm that a man, aged in his 30s, has died following a single-vehicle road traffic collision on the Portglenone Road in Randalstown during the early hours of the morning, Sunday, October 23.

"The man was the driver of a green coloured Volkswagen Passat car that was involved in the collision close to the junction of Groggan Road shortly before 12.15am.

"The Portglenone Road was closed for a period of time overnight but has since reopened.

"Inspector Doris Purvis is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Portglenone Road last night or early this morning, and who witnessed the collision, to contact local officers in Antrim or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 16 of 23/10/16."

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