Motorcyclist David Brown becomes 21st person killed on Northern Ireland roads
A motorcyclist was killed in a one-vehicle road traffic collision at the Magherafelt Road area of Moneymore yesterday afternoon.
He was named locally last night as David Brown, a firefighter from Magherafelt.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they had dispatched a rapid response paramedic and emergency crew to the incident, as well as the Air Ambulance, but Mr Brown's life could not be saved.
Local MLA Keith Buchanan offered his sympathies to Mr Brown's grieving family. "He came from a very well known and respected family in the local area. His loss will be felt very deeply. It's a dreadful shock."
DUP councillors on Mid Ulster council also sent their condolences to Mr Brown's family circle. "So sorry to hear of a fatality at the accident this afternoon on the Moneymore Road, near the Carmean Road junction. Sincere sympathy to the family circle," they tweeted.
PSNI investigating officer Inspector Johnstone said: "At around 1.45pm it was reported that a motorcycle was involved in the incident.
"The Magherafelt Road has now re-opened following the collision.
"Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have dashcam footage available, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 630 10/5/19."
According to PSNI statistics, yesterday's Moneymore fatality brings to 21 the number of people who have died on Northern Ireland's roads in 2019.