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Road crashes claim four lives over the Easter weekend

By Claire Cromie

A fourth person has died this Easter weekend following a spate of crashes on Northern Ireland's roads.

The latest victim, a 26-year-old man, died in hospital on Monday as a result of injuries sustained in a horrific car crash in Ballycastle.

A 19-year-old was also killed - and has been named locally as Johnny Black.

Two females were injured and remain in a critical condition in hospital.

The smash, between a Peugeot 207 and a Volkswagen Bora, happened on the Cushendall Road at around 3.40am on Monday morning.

The road has now reopened to traffic.

Biker named

Meanwhile, a male motorcyclist who died following a crash in Hannahstown, west Belfast, on Sunday afternoon has today been named by police as David Anderson.

The 42-year-old was from the Coleraine area.

His motorcycle crashed at the junction of on the Tornagrough Road and Rusheyhill Road shortly before 4.30pm on Sunday.

Schoolboy

An 11-year-old schoolboy has also died tragically in hospital, following a road accident last week.

It is understood the young victim was from the Carryduff area, near Belfast.

He died in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast from injuries sustained in a collision in Co Fermanagh last Wednesday.

It happened at Lough Shore Road close to Ely Lodge on the main road between Enniskillen and Belleek. The collision involved a blue Audi A3 and a white Peugeot van driven by a local man.

Anyone who witnessed the collisions should call police on the non-emergency number, 101.

Appeal

Police have urged drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care on the roads - as the statistics illustrate an increased risk of collisions during holiday periods.

“To date this year, 15 people have been killed on our roads. While that’s two less when compared to the same time last year, these statistics offer no comfort to the families, friends and communities across Northern Ireland who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Considering that many, if not the majority of these deaths caused by collisions could have been avoided; it’s an appalling waste of life.

“Inattention, speeding, or more accurately, excessive speed for the conditions and drink or drug driving, are consistently the principal causes of the most serious road traffic collisions in which people are killed or seriously injured.

"Over the coming week, we will have additional police resources on the roads across Northern Ireland and will be liaising closely with our An Garda Síochána Traffic Corps colleagues in the border counties, specifically looking for road users taking unnecessary and potentially life-changing risks."

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