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Friends pay tribute to Belfast man Ryan McManus (22) killed in Co Antrim crash

By Cate McCurry

Tributes have been paid online to a young man who died following a crash in Co Antrim at the weekend.

Ryan McManus (22) was a passenger in a car with his girlfriend when it crashed into a disused building on the Nutts Corner Road near Crumlin at around 7.20am on Sunday.

His 21-year-old Crumlin girlfriend, the driver of the black Peugeot 207, was taken to the Royal Hospital where it's understood she remains in critical condition.

Known to his friends as 'Dingle', the Belfast man was described as a "funny character" who had a "big smile" on his face.

Many friends paid tribute to the popular sports fan on social media, including one from Sandy Row Football Club.

The football club posted on Facebook: "Sad news with the passing of our fellow player Ryan McManus (Dingle).

"Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

"Words can't describe how much he will be missed around the club, always a very funny character with a big smile on his face. God bless Dingle."

Johnny Adams, club secretary at the First South Belfast Linfield Supporters Club, posted on social media: "Our club is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of popular young local lad Dingle McManus. Ryan was a friend to many far and wide, including members of our own club.

"At this time we would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Ryan's family and loved ones. At the same time our thoughts remain with Ryan's girlfriend and her family as she remains critical in hospital."

Sinn Fein South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney also paid tribute to the former Lagan College student.

He said: "I was shocked to hear that the Crumlin community experienced yet another tragedy on their roads, resulting in the loss of one young man's life and a local young woman critically injured. I want to extend my sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the young man who was killed this morning, and my thoughts are also with the young woman's family at this difficult time.

"There have been a number of fatalities and many other serious accidents on local rural roads in South Antrim.

"This particular stretch of road has unfortunately featured prominently in those statistics, despite the efforts of our local councillor Anne Marie Logue who has campaigned tirelessly for road improvements in the greater Crumlin area."

Mr Kearney called for road improvements to be made in the area.

PSNI Inspector Pete Duncan appealed for any other drivers who were on the Nutts Corner Road when the crash happened to come forward.

"I am appealing to anyone who was travelling on the Nutts Corner Road around this time, or drivers who have a dash cam fitted to their vehicle, to check their footage and to contact police in Antrim on the non-emergency number 101," the officer said.

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