Belfast Telegraph

Pensioner Yvonne Richmond killed in crash chasing a dog

By Erinn Kerr

Tributes have been paid to an "inspiring and amazing" grandmother who died following a road crash in Ballymena.

Yvonne Richmond (70) was out walking with a dog when she was hit by a vehicle on the Galgorm Road close to the junction at the end of the Dan's Road near the town centre.

The pensioner is believed to have chased after the pet as it ran across the busy road and was then hit by a single vehicle.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene shortly before 9pm.

The dog, believed to have belonged to Mrs Richmond's son, who was on holiday at the time, was also killed in the crash.

Mrs Richmond was well known and liked in the Ballykeel area.

Is is understood she was also a dinner lady at the local primary school.

The community were in shock over the weekend as the tragic news spread and police formally named the victim. Those who knew her described her as "inspiring and amazing".

Karen Mark, a neighbour, posted: "She was a beautiful wee woman and will be missed a lot. RIP Mrs Richmond."

Karen also posted that Mrs Richmond had been a "lovely" neighbour to her.

"So, so tragic. God bless her and her family circle," said one tribute on Facebook.

Another resident of Ballykeel said: "She was a lovely wee woman.

"You would have seen her out walking quite a bit.

"There is a real sense of shock at this tragedy. Mrs Richmond's family are very well known in Ballymena and in particular in Ballykeel.

"Everyone is just devastated by this."

Deputy mayor of Ballymena Timothy Gaston said that the estate had been "rocked" by the news of Mrs Richmond's sudden and "tragic" death.

He said: "This kind of incident is an especially tragic way to lose a loved one.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this very sad time."

SDLP Councillor Declan O'Loan, who lives near the scene of the crash, said: "I want to extend my sympathy to the family of Yvonne Richmond who died in this tragic accident on Friday evening.

"No one expects such an outcome when someone is going about such an everyday activity as walking a dog.

"The community has been shocked and saddened by what has occurred.

"I live near to the scene of the accident and know the roads in the area well."

He added: "The Galgorm Road is very busy and is not easy for pedestrians to cross.

"I am sure that the circumstances of this tragedy will be thoroughly investigated. I also want to extend my support to the driver involved for whom this will have been a very traumatic incident."

Detectives have continued to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the Galgorm Road before the collision to contact local police in Ballymena or the collision investigation unit in Steeple on the non-emergency number 101.

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