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Man killed in Co Down road crash is named as Lee Drake

The Ballynahinch man is the sixth person to die on Northern Ireland's roads in 2014

A 44-year-old man who was killed in a road crash in Co Down on Monday has been named as Lee Drake, from Ballynahinch.

Mr Drake's black Vauxhall Astra crashed on the Ballygowan Road in Saintfield at about 6.20am on Monday morning.

The Ballygowan Road was closed at the junction of the Belfast Road and the Carsontown Road area, but has now reopened.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to call the Collision Investigation Unit at Steeple or police in Downpatrick on 0845 600 8000.

The latest death on Northern Ireland's roads comes as Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has called an urgent meeting of the Road Safety Forum following five road deaths in the first 10 days of 2014.

A senior police officer warned that Northern Ireland was facing a "road safety emergency" with the number of road deaths since the new year already the same as the whole of January last year.

He warned drivers to take care in dark, treacherous conditions.

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