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US hit-and-run driver was on bail

By Adrian Rutherford

A driver accused of killing a Northern Ireland charity worker in a car crash in the US was on bail at the time of the accident.

Paul Lambert died after being struck by a speeding vehicle in San Francisco early on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old, originally from the Courtney Hill area of Newry, died just eight months after his cousin was killed in a similar accident in New York.

A suspect who tried to flee was arrested and is in custody.

Mageb Hussain was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run after witnesses identified him as the driver.

According to reports in the US media, Hussain was out on $30,000 bail after two felony grand theft cases earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Mr Lambert's family is mourning after their second tragedy in recent months.

Mr Lambert is a first cousin of Kevin Bell, a 26-year-old Irish dancer who died in a hit-and-run crash last June. After Mr Bell's death a fund was set up to help other Irish families repatriate the remains of loved ones from abroad.

The fund will now be used to bring home another member of their own family.

Mr Lambert's uncle Colin Bell – who was Kevin's father – said they were struggling to come to terms with another tragedy.

"It's just cruel – it's very hard on his poor mother and father and sister," he said. "It brings it all back for me, it is very tough."

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