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Roads claim two more lives as young dad and pensioner killed

By Nevin Farrell

Two people – a young father who was in his 20s and an 84-year-old woman – have been killed after road accidents.

The man died after a car crashed at Doagh Road, Ballyclare, and the elderly woman died following an a collision involving a lorry in Keady's Kinelowan Street.

The bring to 43 the number of road deaths in Northern Ireland this year, nine higher than at the same time last year.

The PSNI said there was a single-vehicle road collision on the Doagh Road in Ballycare around 1.30am yesterday, close to Ballyclare Cemetery. A spokesman said a red Citroen C2 car left the road and that two other men in the vehicle were taken to hospital.

Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The deceased was named locally as Saul Curley (21), a former pupil at Ballyclare Secondary School, who is a father of a two-year-old son.

His father runs a car sales business on the Carntall Road between Newtownabbey and Ballyclare.

Politicians representing the Ballyclare area expressed their shock at the death and wished to pass on their sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased.

Jackie Mann of the DUP lives just a quarter of a mile from Ballyclare Cemetery. He said "This young man and his family are in my thoughts and prayers."

DUP Councillor Mandy Girvan said: "This is very tragic. I feel for the the family and friends of the deceased at this time."

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the Doagh Road around the time of the collision to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Steeple Police Station or local police in Newtownabbey on the non-emergency number 101. Yesterday afternoon police said an 84-year-old woman died after being struck by a lorry on Kinelowen Street in Keady, Co Armagh, yesterday morning.

Ruby Nesbitt from the Keady area died in hospital following the collision involving a Scania lorry which occurred just before 10.10am.

A 31-year-old man, belived to be the driver of the truck, was arrested.

Officers investigating the collision are appealing for witnesses and can be contacted by calling the non-emergency number 101.

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