Belfast Telegraph

Motorcycle passenger is 23rd to die on roads in 2016

By Joanne Fleming

A teenager who died following a crash between a motorbike and a lorry in Co Londonderry at the weekend was the 23rd person to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

The 19-year-old from Kilrea is also the first motorbike pillion passenger to die in 2016. His friend, who was steering the machine, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

The fatal collision happened on the Agivey Road, Aghadowey, at around 5pm on Saturday.

The road was still closed yesterday afternoon, and police have appealed for witnesses.

The mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Michelle Knight-McQuillan lives near the site of the crash.

"There have been accidents on that road before, it's a main road, but it's not an accident blackspot," she said.

"It is a straight road and a good road, but I do not know the exact circumstances of the accident."

Extending her condolences to the family of the man who died, she added: "It is a terrible tragedy, especially coming after the tragic death at the North West."

Sinn Fein MLA Caoimhe Archibald also sent her sympathies to the family and friends of the young man.

"The tragic news has shocked and saddened the local area," she said. "I hope that the other person injured in the crash makes a full recovery.

"I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of this young man at this difficult time."

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