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Man (32) charged with causing death by dangerous driving after Seamus Conlon killed by stolen car in west Belfast

Seamus Conlon taking his four year old pony Murphy along the Whiterock Road. Picture taken in 2004.
Seamus Conlon taking his four year old pony Murphy along the Whiterock Road. Picture taken in 2004.
Emergency services at the Whiterock road in West Belfast. Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Thomas (nephew) and brothers Paul and Herky Conlon visit the scene on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a 70-year-old man was killed after being hit by a stolen car.

Seamus Conlon died after being struck by a stolen Vauxhall Vectra outside the Belfast City Cemetery on Whiterock Road at around midday on Saturday. Two other men were seriously injured in the incident and remain in hospital.

Chief Inspector Gary Reid said: "The man has been charged to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday with a number of offences including causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit due to drink or drugs and aggravated vehicle taking causing injury or death.

"As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS."

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Thomas (nephew) and brothers Paul and Herky Conlon visit the scene on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

On Sunday afternoon Mr Conlon's nephew Thomas and brothers Paul and Herky Conlon visited the scene and left flowers.

Herky Conlon told the BBC hios brother was a "horsey" man- known for bringing out the horse and trap and taking the children up the road in it in the summer holidays.

"He would have picked up the kids from school. He is one of the quietest, best men you could ever meet," he said.

"His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are in a terrible way."

He said he had been called to the scene by his own son and arrived just in time to see his brother being put in an ambulance.

He said the crash happened on the anniversary of their mother's death.

It is understood Mr Conlon had been attending a funeral of a neighbour when he was hit by the car.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital but later died of his injuries.

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Seamus Conlon, 70, died after being struck by a stolen Vauxhall Vectra on the Whiterock Road, on Saturday. Two others where injured in the crash.

Alliance west Belfast representative Donnamarie Higgins said: "The local community is simply in shock. This was a day when West Belfast was showing its best side off to the world due to Féile and instead we are now mourning following this tragedy.

"It is particularly devastating, given it was immediately after a funeral.

“If anyone has any information on this incident, I urge them to contact police with it immediately.”

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Emergency services at the Whiterock road in West Belfast. Mandatory Credit : Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

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