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Emotional tribute to Patrick Healy - 19th road victim in Northern Ireland this year

Patrick Healy died following a road traffic accident on Tuesday night
Patrick Healy died following a road traffic accident on Tuesday night
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

The partner of a man killed in a crash in Co Londonderry has said he will never leave her heart.

Patrick Healy (46) died after the accident on the Glenshane Road on Tuesday night.

Mr Healy, from Shantallow in Derry, was involved in a single vehicle collision near the Ponderosa Bar and Restaurant close to midnight.

Two women in the car were injured, They were transferred to hospital in Belfast, where their condition has been described as "serious".

Mr Healy's partner Kerrie Ann Holt said: "Rest in peace my love. You will never leave my heart.

"Life will never be the same without you."

Mr Healy's sister Janet Kerr added: "My beautiful baby brother I have loved all my life - you were my best wee buddy.

"I can't believe I will never see your smiling face or hear your silly little laugh.

"You were loved so much, my world will never be the same ever again.

"I don't think I will ever smile again, I can't accept this, love you 'til I die."

Mr Healy's death brings to 19 the number of people who have lost their lives on our roads this year.

Christopher Sherrard from Life After, a support group for people who have lost loved ones in crashes, said: "On behalf of Life After, I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Mr Healy.

"Sadly, he is the 19th person to die on our roads this year so far, and regrettably that figure is likely to rise before the year ends.

"I would like to assure the family Life After will be available to offer whatever support we can during the difficult weeks and months that lie ahead.

"Every one of us in Life After understands the immense sense of shock and disbelief that comes when you get the knock on the door to say your loved one has lost their life through a road collision."

The Glenshane Road was closed overnight between the Garvagh Road in Dungiven and Tobermore Road in Maghera while police investigated.

It led to severe disruption during the rush hour for motorists making the morning commute between Derry and Belfast, with drivers told to seek alternative routes.

Police appealed for anyone who was travelling on the Glenshane Road on Tuesday night and who witnessed the collision, or anyone who has any mobile phone or dash cam footage of the incident, to come forward.

They can contact officers in Limavady or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference 1654 23/04/19.

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