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Tyrone teenage driver dies in one-car smash on rural road

By Sarah Fox

The nineteen-year-old who died after a crash near his home in Tyrone at the weekend has been described as a "thoughtful young man".

Michael McKiver was driving along the Ballynagowan Road near Stewartstown when his black Vauxhall Astra flipped over, landing on its roof.

The Brocagh teenager, who was training to be a welder, is thought to have been driving home after a night out and had given lifts to a number of his friends.

He was travelling in the car with a female passenger at the time and she remained in a serious condition in hospital last night.

The incident, which involved only one car, was reported to police at around 8am and the road remained closed for most of yesterday.

Speaking after visiting Mr McKiver's distraught parents, local councillor Deirdre Mayo said the incident was a tragedy.

"Michael's parents are just totally devastated," said Ms Mayo, who lives in the Stewartstown area. "He is the second oldest of four boys and the whole family, including the wider family circle, are just devastated by this news."

"I was speaking with Michael's uncle and he talked about him with such pride," she said. "Michael was a very thoughtful young man."

Ms Mayo said The Ballynagowan Road could almost be classed as a lane.

"It's a very small, windy, narrow country road that some people would probably call a lane more than a road," she said.

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