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Kilrea man killed in road accident

THE carnage on Ulster's roads continued over the Christmas period with the tragic death of a Co Londonderry man.

THE carnage on Ulster's roads continued over the Christmas period with the tragic death of a Co Londonderry man.

Robert Paul Armstrong (21), from Mill Road in Kilrea, died after the car he was driving spun off the carriageway on the Bann Road in Rasharkin, Co Antrim, just before 11pm on Christmas Eve.

The fatal accident occurred near Kilrea Bridge, which was flooded due to the recent rain.

Mr Armstrong was alone at the time and no other vehicles were involved in the smash.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact detectives on 012656 62222.

Mr Armstrong's death brings the total of fatalities on the province's roads to 138 so far this year.

There were 156 deaths in the same period last year.

Last week five people died on Ulster's roads within 48 hours.

John Joseph McGuinness (31) died in a crash in Co Armagh on Wednesday night.

The car he was travelling in collided with another car at Middletown.

On the same night, a 92-year-old motorist died in hospital from injuries received in a collision with a lorry in Bangor on December 10.

The victim's name has not yet been released.

David McClelland (20) died in hospital from severe injuries sustained in an accident last weekend.

Two pedestrians also died on Ulster's roads.

Hugh Wright Huston (52), from Antrim, died after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the road.

And Geoffrey McCrystal, from Shore Road, Ballyronan, died after he was knocked down near his home.


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