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Motorist who died in Co Antrim crash is named by police

By Rebecca Black

Published 05/05/2015

Martin Paxton from the Portglenone area. Pic: PSNI
Martin Paxton from the Portglenone area. Pic: PSNI

The 59-year-old man who died following a car crash in Co Antrim has been named as Martin Paxton from Portglenone.

The single vehicle crash took place on the Townhill Road in Rasharkin at around 8.20pm on Saturday.

PSNI Inspector Alison Ferguson is continuing to appeal for anyone who was travelling on the road and witnessed the collision.

She has asked for witnesses to contact officers in the Collision Investigation Unit at Steeple Police Station or local police on the non-emergency number 101.

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay expressed his sadness at the fatality on a holiday weekend.

"The local community is shocked and saddened at the death of a man in a crash on the Townhill Road on Saturday evening," he said.

"I extend my sympathies to the man's family and friends at this sad time."

Meanwhile, a man in his 20s remains seriously ill in hospital following a separate crash.

It happened at Ballinlea Road, Stranocum, near Ballymoney, on Sunday at about 3.30am.

And six other people including three children were taken to hospital after a crash near Limavady on Sunday. None were seriously injured.

Mr Paxton's death brings the total number of people killed on our roads this year to 23.

This is slightly higher than at the same point last year when 22 had died on our roads, and higher still than in 2013 when 17 had died by this date.

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