Road crash victim buried on day he was meant to start new job
The funeral service for a road accident victim has been held in a Coleraine church on the same day he was due to start a new job in a business beside the place of worship.
Ricky Patterson (45), from Castlerock, was killed when the lorry he was driving was involved in a collision with a vehicle on the hard shoulder on the M1 motorway near Drogheda last Thursday.
A Service of Thanksgiving for his life was held in the Still Waters Elim Church in Coleraine's Pates Lane, just beside NB Autoparts, where Mr Patterson was due to begin a new career.
Congregation member Jim McClelland (77) said: "He was due to start today. His uniform was sitting down there with his name on it. It's a terrible tragedy."
Mr McClelland added that long-distance lorry driver Mr Patterson was heading towards Dublin to catch a boat when the tragedy occurred.
"Another driver from the same firm was in another lorry and he saw Ricky's lorry weaving a bit across the road and onto the hard shoulder, where the hazard flashers were put on before the lorry hit the other vehicle," he said.
"There was a van and a car on the hard shoulder. People were able to run out of the way. It could have been worse."
Mr Patterson is survived by his partner Bonny, children Ryanne and David, and stepchildren Aaron and Mark.