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Teenager who died in Co Down road crash is named by police

By John Mulgrew

A 19-year-old man has died after a road crash in Co Down.

The one car smash happened on the Ballagh Road between Newcastle and Annalong in the early hours of Friday morning.

He has been named as Stephen Sweeney from the Newcastle area..

The road was closed for a time but has since reopened.

PSNI inspector Andy McGowan said: "The 19-year-old was the driver of a silver Volkswagen Passat that left the Ballagh Road, the main coast road between Newcastle and Annalong, shortly after 1am this morning.

"The road remains closed at present as officers investigate the circumstances of the collision. Traffic is being diverted at Bloody Bridge.

"We are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone who was travelling on the Ballagh Road at around 1am. Officers can be contacted by calling the non-emergency number 101."

The death brings the number of those killed on Northern Ireland's roads to 58 this year.

That's one more than the total number of those who died in 2013.

SDLP MLA Sean Rogers said his thoughts were with the family of Mr Sweeney.

"This is the news that no one wants to wake to - news of a young local death on our roads," he said.

"I travel this coastal route on a daily basis. I offer my condolences to the family at this awfully difficult time."

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