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Tributes for Co Antrim nurse Heather Steele who was killed in Carrickfergus road collision

By Amanda Ferguson

A Co Antrim nurse who died in a car crash in Carrickfergus has been described as a wonderful and caring person.

Heather Steele (53) from Greenisland was involved in a two-vehicle collision on the Belfast Road shortly before 8pm on Wednesday night.

Ms Steele was well-known in the Greenisland and Carrickfergus area. Just a few weeks ago she spoke at Greenisland Presbyterian Church about her experience working as a nurse in Nigeria earlier this year.

She was among volunteers from the Royal Victoria Hospital's Save a Heart project to spend two weeks performing open heart operations in Enugu State.

Last night Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson, a friend of the Steele family, paid tribute to her.

"She was a nurse, a caring person, a Christian, such a wonderful person," he said. "It is such a tragic, tragic loss. My heart goes out to her mother and three brothers and wider family circle."

According to PSNI statistics, 52 people have died on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year.

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