Belfast Telegraph

M2 crash victim Stephen Martin to be laid to rest in Lisburn

By Brett Campbell

The funeral of a father killed in a Boxing Day crash on the M2 will take place tomorrow.

Stephen Martin (35), from Ward Avenue in Lisburn, was involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up on Monday evening.

He was the partner of Esther McCook and father to Evelyn.

His funeral and burial will take place at Ronnie Thompson's Funeral Church in Lisburn at midday. A second cousin of the victim described how the family had been left deeply shocked by the tragedy.

Shirley O'Neill said: "It is a horrible thing to happen at any time of the year, but for it to happen around Christmas time makes it all the more difficult."

She told The News Letter: "The family has been left devastated by this news and we are still not sure what exactly happened to Stephen at this stage."

Mr Martin was driving a Seat Ibiza when he was involved in the smash on the stretch of motorway between Templepatrick and Sandyknowes shortly before 8.40pm on Monday.

Two other men sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, which happened close to the Applegreen service station.

The tragedy was the third fatality on the roads over the festive period.

Londonderry woman Amy Loughrey (25) was killed in Co Donegal on Thursday night when her car was in collision with another vehicle near Fahan, while police yesterday released the name of the man who died on the M1 on Friday.

Paulo Roberto Maiai-Lopes died after a crash near Tamnamore. The 36-year-old was from Portugal and living in the Dungannon area.

Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 566 of 23/12/16.

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