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59 killed on Northern Ireland's roads in 2011

There were 59 deaths on Northern Ireland’s roads last year, marking a slight rise from 2010, according to figures released by the PSNI.

In 2010 55 people died on the roads, a year which saw the lowest figure since records began and a 50% drop on 2009 when 115 people died.

In a breakdown of the fatalities — 26 deaths were drivers, 13 were pedestrians and 10 were passengers.

Six motorcyclists and one pillion passenger were killed and two cyclists also died on the roads.

The worst affected areas were counties Down and Armagh.

Two of those who died were under the age of 16, including one of the youngest, 12-year-old Daniel Mooney, an only child from the Deerpark area of Belfast.

The Hazelwood Integrated College pupil died in May after the mini-moto he was a passenger on crashed and he died from head injuries. The talented dog shower was not wearing a helmet.

Earlier that month Doris and Samuel Rutledge, a Co Tyrone couple in their 60s, were killed when their car was in collision with a lorry on the main Omagh to Cookstown road.

In a further breakdown of the figures, 38 accidents happened in rural areas with the remaining 21 taking place in towns and cities.

Belfast Telegraph