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Tributes for Belfast man Brendan Shannon killed in road crash

By Victoria Leonard

Tributes have been paid to a 48-year-old man who died after being knocked down by a car on the Andersonstown Road in west Belfast on Monday.

He died when he was struck by a red Toyota Aygo close to its junction with Slievegallion Drive shortly after 4.40pm.

A 19-year-old woman arrested at the scene was released on bail pending further enquiries.

A death notice for Brendan 'Mousey' Shannon of Benwee Park described him as a "beloved son" and "much-loved brother" who passed away "as a result of a tragic accident".

Mr Shannon is survived by his mother Mary, four brothers and two sisters.

West Belfast Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said: "This is a very serious incident.

"My thoughts and sympathies go to this man's family and friends at this sad time in the mouth of Christmas.

"It's a particularly sad time for someone to lose their life."

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood described his death as "tragic".

He said it was the latest blow for west Belfast following the murder of Jim Donegan, who was shot while waiting for his son outside St Mary's Grammar School last Tuesday.

"This has been a difficult week for the community since the murder of Mr Donegan, and this road collision has left a man dead and his family traumatised in the teeth of Christmas," he said.

"Now we have a family mourning the loss of a loved one and preparing for a funeral rather than Christmas."

Sinn Fein councillor Arder Carson said the victim's loved ones would have the support of local people.

He added: "It's an absolute tragedy for the family and for the wider community in Andersonstown.

"It's more poignant at this time of year.

"His family are entitled to privacy, but I want them to know that they have the support of the community."

People Before Profit councillor Matthew Collins said: "This is a deeply tragic incident and my thoughts are with this man's friends and family.

"There has been one traumatic incident after another in recent times in west Belfast.

"This heaps tragedy on a community that has had too many bad incidents already."

Details of Mr Shannon's funeral arrangements have yet to be released.

The Andersonstown Road reopened yesterday.

Police have appealed for anyone who was travelling on the road at the time and who witnessed what happened, or may have dash-cam footage of the incident, to contact the PSNI Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference 910 10/12/18.

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