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Man loses fight for life a week after car accident

BY KERRY McKITTRICK

A young man has died a week after he was seriously injured in a car crash.

James Bell (23) of Ashlock Drive in Coalisland was the front seat passenger of a silver BMW when it was involved in the accident in the early hours of Sunday, June 16.

It happened on the Coole Road in Dungannon. No other vehicles were involved.

At the time two other men, aged 19 and 23, were also brought to hospital but with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. One of the men is believed to be James' cousin.

According to the Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy, Mr Bell spent his final week on life-support until the decision was made on Saturday evening to turn off the machine. He passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Molloy said: "It's a tragedy for the family and they have my sympathies for their loss."

Mr Bell's is the 24th death on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

The figure is two higher than this time last year, although in 2011 that number was as high as 27.

Mr Molloy said that the roads in the area where the crash occurred have always been cause for concern.

"There have always been issues about the conditions of those roads," said Mr Molloy. "They are long and winding and often have heavy vehicles on them. They can be dangerous."

James was described by a neighbour as "a quiet boy who had a great love for tinkering with quad bikes and cars. He would never have passed you without greeting you and never caused any trouble around here".

Get well soon messages of support for James left on Facebook throughout the week were yesterday replaced by messages of condolence and shock.

One message described James as "another angel God has gained".

Police are appealing to anyone who may have any information about it to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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