Belfast Telegraph

Police appeal after death of motorcyclist

By Christopher Woodhouse

A motorcyclist killed in a tragic crash near west Belfast has been named as Coleraine man David Anderson.

The 42-year-old died yesterday morning as a result of injuries sustained when his motorcycle crashed at the junction of the Tornagrough Road and Rusheyhill Road in Hannahstown on Sunday afternoon.

Police are still appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Mr Anderson's death is the latest in a spate of fatalities on Northern Ireland's roads, bringing the total number of deaths this year to 15, two fewer than this time last year.

Yesterday morning, two men were killed when a Peugeot 207 collided with a Volkswagen Bora at around 3.40am on the Cushendall Road, near Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

On Sunday afternoon, an 11-year-old boy died from injuries suffered in a car crash in Fermanagh on Wednesday last week.

The youngster, believed to be from the Carryduff area near Belfast, died in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The accident happened at lunchtime on Wednesday on the Lough Shore Road, the main road between Enniskillen and Belleek, when a blue Audi A3 car was in collision with a white Peugeot van.

The boy was a passenger in the car which was being driven by a 23-year-old man.

The van was being driven by a 47-year-old man.

A police spokeswoman said the two men were also hurt in the crash but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd described the recent road deaths as an "appalling waste of life" and appealed for drivers to take extra care on the roads over the Easter holidays.

"With many people enjoying some time off over the coming week, we are appealing to all road users to exercise caution, as our statistics illustrate that, like any other holiday period, there is an increased risk of collisions," Mr Todd said.

"To date this year, 15 people have been killed on our roads.

"While that's two less when compared to the same time last year, these statistics offer no comfort to the families, friends and communities across Northern Ireland who are mourning the loss of a loved one."

He added: "Considering that many, if not the majority of these deaths caused by collisions could have been avoided; it's an appalling waste of life."

The police have also said they will deploy extra resources on the roads across Northern Ireland during the rest of the Easter holidays.

They also said they would be liaising closely with police in the Republic to monitor for road users taking "potentially life-changing risks".

Last year saw a marked rise in the number of fatalities on the roads, rising from 57 in 2013 to 79 come the end of 2014.

The total for 2013 was one of the lowest number of deaths ever recorded since records began 80 years ago.

A total of 14,626 people have lost their lives on Northern Ireland's roads since 1931.

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