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Motorist (23) killed in Crumlin road accident was 'all-round wonderful fella'

By Chris McCullough

Published 03/09/2016

Tragic: Michael Cusick
Tragic: Michael Cusick
A Mini is taken away from the scene of the crash on the junction of the Randox Road and Nutts Corner Road outside Crumlin

Tributes have been paid to a young man from the Belfast area who was killed in a car accident outside Crumlin on Thursday.

Michael Cusick (23) was travelling alone in a black Mini when the accident occurred close to the junction of Randox Road and Nutts Corner Road just before 11pm. Both roads were closed overnight, but were reopened again yesterday.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the car in the area to contact Antrim Police Station or the Collision Investigation Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1403 of 01/09/16.

"The collision occurred just before 11pm and involved a black Mini," a spokesman said.

"The Randox Road and Nutts Corner Road were closed to traffic, but have been reopened."

After hearing the devastating news, Michael's uncle Sammy posted on social media: "Life is so unfair. Thinking of my family at this sad time.

"My beautiful nephew Michael, rest easy lad. Till I see you again Mick look over your mom and dad and brother David."

Friend Sinead Dornan said: "Can't even put into the words the devastation I feel. Michael was so bubbly, so polite, funny, caring, loving... just an all round wonderful fella. May you rest in peace and your memory live on. Thinking of your whole family circle, friends and your partner, who you were set to marry."

Local UUP politician Mervyn Rea passed on his sympathies to the family and urged drivers to take extra care. "There is a particularly bad bend along the Nutts Corner road which motorists must approach with caution," he said.

"There are far too many accidents on our roads these days. It's difficult to think what could have caused this accident as conditions were good over the past few days.

"I want to send my condolences to the family of the young man. It's very sad for the immediate family and my heart goes out to them."

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