Belfast Telegraph

Tributes to Patricia Campbell, killed in Glenshane accident

By Donna Deeney

A woman killed in a traffic incident in Londonderry yesterday was named locally as Patricia Campbell.

Ms Campbell (48) was walking along the Glenshane Road near the village of Drumhoe, where she is understood to have lived, when she was struck by a vehicle.

Three bunches of fresh flowers were left at the spot on the busy road where she lost her life.

DUP councillor Hilary McClintock, who lives in the village, said it was a great shock.

"I was deeply saddened to hear that another life has been lost on our roads," said the former mayor of the city.

"It is heartbreaking for any family to lose someone they love under any circumstances, but a sudden and unexpected death like this is especially tough.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very sad time."

Mrs McClintock's sentiments were echoed by Sinn Fein's Foyle MP Elisha McCallion.

"The news that a 48-year-old woman has keen killed in a road collision on the outskirts of Derry has come as a shock to the local community," she said.

"This death is a tragedy and will bring sadness to all those involved. Any death on our roads is one too many.

"I want to express my sympathy to the friends and family of the woman who lost her life at this sad and difficult time," the MP added.

SDLP councillor Jim McKeever said: "Unfortunately this is not the first time someone has lost their life walking on this road, but that doesn't make this any less tragic.

"Another family has been plunged into grief and all we can do as a community is offer our prayers and support."

Police have asked anyone who may have been on the Glenshane Road in the early hours of Monday morning to contact them.

A fundraising event was taking place at a hotel nearby for victims of the recent flood that hit the north west, including many homes in Drumahoe.

The stretch of the Glenshane Road remained closed for most of yesterday morning with diversion in place at Tirbracken Road and Tamnaherin Road. Inspector Gregory Smyth said: "We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this collision.

"If you have any information that could help with our investigation, please contact police at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference 117 of 18/9/17."

Ms Campbell was the second person to lose their life on the roads in the north west over the weekend. Hannah Molly (18) died in a single vehicle crash near Castlederg on Saturday.

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