Belfast Telegraph

Farmer becomes eighth to die this year on motorbike

By Rebecca Black

A Co Down farmer has become the eighth motorcyclist killed on our roads this year.

George Desmond 'Dessie' Sherlock (68), from Annahilt, had been riding his Honda machine along the Glebe Road yesterday at around 3.20pm when it was involved in a collision with two cars.

No other injuries were reported from the crash, which also involved a blue coloured Volkswagen Passat and silver coloured Volkswagen Golf.

The Glebe Road was closed for much of the afternoon. It reopened around 9.30pm last night.

Mr Sherlock was well-known in the farming community and had a particular passion for vintage tractors, taking part in several agricultural shows.

Local Ulster Unionist councillor James Baird described the incident as an "awful tragic situation".

"I would like to extend my sympathies to the Sherlock family and all those involved," he said.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw any of the vehicles in the area in the time leading up to the tragedy to contact the PSNI collision investigation unit at Steeple on the non-emergency number 101.

There were a series of motorcyclist deaths last month when five people were killed within weeks.

On May 31, biker Damien Crawley (49) died following a collision with a 4x4 vehicle on the Loughareema Road in Cushendun.

Later that day, a 44-year-old motorcyclist died in a crash at Deerpark Road, Bellaghy. No other vehicle was involved.

Earlier that month professional motorcycle racer Simon Andrews died after a crash at the North West 200.

In June biker Mark McClements (49), from Whitehead in Co Antrim, was killed in a collision with a car on the Larne Road near Carrickfergus.

And a 36-year-old man died after his bike crashed into a car in the Deerpark Road area of Portaferry.

The latest death brings the number of those killed on Northern Ireland's roads this year to 42, significantly higher than the same figure for this time last year when 31 had died, and in 2012 when 23 people had been killed.

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