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Popular Co Down farmer is killed after his tractor overturns in horror crash

By Laura Abernethy

Published 17/08/2016

The scene of the crash at Hilltown Road, Co Down , yesterday, in which farmer Gerry Lively was killed
The scene of the crash at Hilltown Road, Co Down , yesterday, in which farmer Gerry Lively was killed
Gerry Lively

A well-known Co Down farmer has died after his tractor collided with a car and a teenager is fighting for his life following a separate incident in west Belfast.

Patrick Gerald Lively, who was known as Gerry, died after he collided with another car at the junction of the Bryansford Road and Kinnahalla Road in Hilltown at around 6pm on Monday.

The 60-year-old, who owned a farm in the area, was driving a tractor which overturned following the collision.

His wife Mary Rose, son Steven, daughter Ashling and mother Sally have been devastated by the news of his death.

This is understood to be the second tragedy to hit the Lively family after his brother Paul drowned following a crash on the Omeath Road over three decades ago.

SDLP councillor Declan McAteer said the Lively family are well known in the Hilltown area and the community has been shocked by the tragedy.

"It's very sad for the whole family," he said. "It's terrible to hear of another death on our roads. It is heartbreaking.

"It's a very busy road but it's also a rural road so there would be a lot of agricultural vehicles.

"It's also the main tourist route and quite a fast road so there are a lot of dangers.

"We don't know what has happened yet in this case but I would urge people to be careful.

"It's devastating for the Lively family and my thoughts are with them all at this time."

Constable Stephen Dickson of the PSNI's Collision Investigation Unit said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at this time and who may have information which would assist our enquiries to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101."

The Bryansford Road remained closed yesterday while police investigated the scene of the collision. Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy who was critically injured in a separate crash on Monday was fighting for his life in hospital last night.

The teenager was cycling close to his home on the Brians Well Road area at around 4pm on Tuesday when the crash happened. Devastated friends and family have posted hundreds of messages of support on social media.

His older brother posted on his Facebook page: "Love you wee bro".

One friend posted: "Come on, you can pull through this."

Another friend said: "Hope you are sweet lad. You're a fighter. Don't give up. Didn't deserve that at all. Just pull through."

It is understood the cyclist and lorry driver were travelling in the same direction when the teenager collided with the side of the vehicle.

One witness said it appeared the teen was "caught by the wind" as the lorry passed by.

The young boy was cycling up a hill when the collision occurred, the eyewitness added.

"It looked as if he was caught by the wind of the lorry and he lost control of the bike but it was hard to see. It looked bad. It's a dangerous road and there's lots of kids always trying to cross it."

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann said she was helping the family as they come to terms with the impact of the crash.

She added: "I wish him a full recovery from his injuries and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and friends."

Meanwhile, a motorcyclist has been killed after colliding with a cow in the Republic. The accident happened at Clarkes Cross in Co Meath at about 10.15pm on Monday, gardai said.

The 28-year-old man died at the scene, about two miles from Navan town on the N51 to Athboy, and the road was closed for several hours to allow forensic analysis of the crash site.

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