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Tributes to Belfast dad Barry Bell-Nevin who died in Saintfield crash

By Brett Campbell

A 28-year-old Belfast father who died on Saturday evening following a two vehicle road traffic accident has been named as Barry Bell-Nevin.

Floral tributes have been left close to the scene at Crossgar Road in Saintfield where the motorcyclist was involved in a collision with another vehicle.

A message from his grieving partner Kat, referring to the couple's daughter, read: "Barry, you will be sadly missed by everyone.

"Look down over Charlie".

The accident happened at around 5.40pm on Saturday evening.

The victim was rushed to hospital following the crash but later died as a result of his injuries.

The road was closed for a number of hours following the incident and only reopened at 1.45am on Sunday.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jeffrey Dudgeon said: "This is very sad for him and his family and my thoughts are with them at this time.

"There are too many road deaths in Northern Ireland and a seemingly disproportionate number of motorcyclists are killed on our roads.

"Some extra effort is needed to educate all road users to try and prevent these horrible accidents."

Barry's mother, Lorna Nevin, who lives in Ballynahinch, wrote in a death notice that she had been left heartbroken.

In the notice in today's Belfast Telegraph, she movingly wrote that "for all my life, I'll wonder why, and travel to your resting place, and tend to it with care".

The motorcyclist is survived by his mother, sisters Denise and Kirsty, brothers Paul, Aiden, Scott, partner Kat and daughter Charlie.

More than 60 people have now died on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year, roughly the same as for 2015.

PSNI Inspector Lynsey Barr is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact police in Downpatrick or officers at the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

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