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Parents of nurse Nichola Baird killed in crash were in Spain when told

By Donna Deeney

A woman who lost her life in a Co Antrim crash in the early hours of yesterday has been named locally as Nichola Baird. Ms Baird, who was a nurse, was the only person involved in the single-vehicle collision at Finvoy Road near Ballymoney shortly after 4.30am.

She was believed to be in her early 30s, and was travelling home after a night out in Portrush.

Her parents were informed of their daughter's death while on holiday in Spain and had to make emergency travel arrangements to return home.

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey, who knows the family, said Nichola's loss would have shocked the local community.

"This news marks yet another tragic story on our roads," he said.

"I want to express my sympathy to the Baird family and friends as they come to terms with this devastating news.

"Nichola was a young woman who dedicated her life to caring for others in her work as a nurse, but sadly her life has been cut short far too early.

"She was an integral part of a close-knit family and highly regarded by everyone who knew her.

"Her parents were on holiday when they received the terrible news and now face the long journey back home to such sadness, which only adds to this tragedy.

"At this time my thoughts and prayers are with all of the family and Nichola's friends.

"It has come as a shock to both the family and friends, but also the Ballymoney and Rasharkin communities.

"I would urge road users to take care and drive with caution. One life lost on our roads is one too many."

While the exact circumstances of why Ms Baird's car crashed are to be confirmed, Finvoy Road is well-known as an accident blackspot. Causeway Coast and Glens councillor John Finlay said: "Tragically, the Finvoy Road has been the scene of another serious car accident which has claimed the life of a young woman from Finvoy.

"I was shocked to hear the news, and I want to extend my sympathy to the woman's family and friends at a time of unspeakable grief.

"For them, life will never be the same again.

"Although the precise circumstances are as yet unclear, I have previously raised concerns with the PSNI and Department for Infrastructure about safety issues on this road.

"And, in light of this latest tragedy, I will be making further representations.

"This is a wide, straight stretch of road that, unfortunately, has seen too many serious crashes."

Offering his condolences to Ms Baird's family, TUV leader Jim Allister said: "The loss of this young life will take her parents and family to a dark place suffered by too many as our roads continue to take lives."

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