Schoolboy Marcus Forsythe killed in Antrim scrambler crash was ‘one in a million’
Tributes have been paid to a Co Antrim teenager who died after the scrambler motorbike he was riding was in collision with a car.
Marcus Forsythe (15) from Seacon died following a crash on the Taughey Road in Ballymoney on Saturday afternoon.
Another person on the scrambler was treated at hospital for injuries not believed to be life threatening.
The occupants of the car were treated at the scene for shock.
The Ballymoney High School student was described as “one in a million” by Sandra Gibson from the NI Car Mania club.
She said Marcus was often on hand to take photographs of rallies and cruises organised by the car club.
“He was a wee gem who would have done anything for anybody,” she added. “Marcus was a great photographer and cars were his passion.”
The club is planning a convoy of the modified cars that Marcus was so fond of to accompany his funeral procession.
He was the 43rd person to die on Northern Ireland’s roads this year, compared to 49 for the same period in 2016.
A Facebook post announcing his death was inundated by messages of condolence for the family of the popular Ballymoney teen.
Ryan Tweed wrote: “RIP Marcus Forsythe you will be missed, you were a good friend.”
Cathy McBride posted: “So sad, another young life taken so tragically.”
Donna Rodgers said her thoughts were with Marcus’ siblings: “Thinking of you and your parents at this time. A life took far too young, he will be watching over you. Here if you need anything. RIP Marcus.”
UUP councillor Darryl Wilson said the death was devastating news for the local community.
“Today the entire town will mourn the loss of such a young life,” he said.
“He was a lovely young lad, very happy-go-lucky and carefree and well liked by all his peers.
“This is beyond devastating for his family, and has impacted across the entire borough.
“There’s a dark cloud hanging over the area because this young man has lost his life, and my thoughts and condolences go out to his family and young school friends at this terribly sad time.”
North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said the death was yet another tragic accident on our roads.
“Sadly, another family has been plunged into sadness as a result of a fatal accident on the Taughey Road outside Balnamore. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the young man who has tragically lost his life.
“We trust that the other young man involved in the accident will make a full recovery.
“Unfortunately this year we have had too many lives lost as a result of accidents. It is a sad reminder to us all that we do not know what a day holds for us.”
Police in Coleraine are appealing for anyone who was on the Taughey Road on Saturday afternoon at around the time of the collision to contact them.