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Northern Ireland roads claim lives of Reginald Diamond and Dean Weir in separate crashes over weekend

By Niamh Burns

Two communities have been plunged into mourning after two men died in separate road crashes at the weekend.

The fatalities occurred within hours of each other, one in Co Down and the other in Co Londonderry.

It brings the death toll on Northern Ireland's roads this year to 11.

The latest victim was Reginald Diamond.

The 29-year-old from Upperlands, Co Derry, died in hospital yesterday after suffering injuries in a single-vehicle collision on the Curragh Road in Coleraine in the early hours of Saturday.

The accident involving a silver BMW happened close to Culcrow Primary School just after 6.30am.

Mr Diamond was taken to hospital in a critical condition following the crash.

But he later died from his injuries.

Police urged any witnesses that were travelling along the Curragh Road at the time to contact them.

It was the second fatal accident on the Curragh Road this year.

Earlier this month pensioner Jim McCollum died after his Land Rover struck a tree.

Saturday's tragedy came less than 24 hours after 52-year-old Dean Weir, who was originally from Bangor, was killed.

He died after a two-vehicle collision on the Dunover Road in Ballywalter.

Mr Weir, who was living in Portavogie, was the driver of a white Suzuki Alto that was involved in the collision with a blue Nissan Micra shortly before 9am on Friday.

The male driver of the small Nissan car and a female passenger in the Suzuki were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

DUP councillor Robert Adair, who lives in Portavogie, said the community was shocked and saddened at Mr Weir's death.

"This is dreadful news for the family," he said.

"We are upholding them all in our prayers and they are very much in our thoughts - as are the two people injured in the crash."

Last year 68 people died on Northern Ireland's roads.

That was down slightly on the 74 deaths recorded on the roads in 2015.

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