Belfast Telegraph

Tributes after John Fitzgerald loses fight for life in hospital after being hit by car

By Allan Preston

Tributes have been paid to a 27-year-old man from the Republic who died after being struck by a vehicle while walking on a road near Belfast International Airport.

John Fitzgerald was from the village of Kilmacthomas in Co Waterford.

Yesterday friends from his GAA club posted a message describing him as a "true gent" and said that "a dark cloud hangs over the village" since news of his death broke.

Mr Fitzgerald was walking on Ballyrobin Road just before 4.50pm on Saturday when he was hit by a car.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he remained in a critical condition before succumbing to his injuries yesterday evening.

It's understood Mr Fitzgerald had been working in the Aldergrove area.

He is survived by his parents Lorraine and Tommy, a brother and three sisters.

Posting on Facebook, his sister Sarah said: "As you all may know about the tragedy that hit us this weekend, the family would like to thank you all for your kind words of support.

"John's funeral arrangements will be updated soon. Thank you all again from the Fitzgerald family."

Responding to messages of sympathy from friends, she added: "Its just not fair, my brother should be here with us."

Adding their support, one friend wrote: "So sorry to hear about John's death. Just remember Sarah the bond you shared won't ever die, nor will the memories or the love you had for each other."

Kilmacthomas GAA Club posted pictures of the player in the under 21 side along with their memories of the friend they had known as 'Bungles'.

"John was kind, gentle and one of the soundest lads you could meet," the tribute read. "No matter who you were or where you came from, you would be treated the same with a big hello and a smile."

The club added that he had helped with a recent development at the grounds by driving a dumper truck for the contractor with a "big smile".

One friend commented: "Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

"He did a mighty fine job driving that dumper and he was very proud (of a) great job done. Sleep tight young man."

Another said that: "John will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Rest easy young man."

The PSNI has appealed for anyone who was travelling on the Ballyrobin Road on Saturday evening and who witnessed the collision to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 831 of 19/11/16.

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