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Tributes pour in as Northern Ireland roads claim two further casualties


The scene of the fatal crash on the Strand Road in Coleraine last month

The scene of the fatal crash on the Strand Road in Coleraine last month

The scene of the fatal crash on the Strand Road in Coleraine last month

A teenager from north Antrim has died after succumbing to serious injuries sustained in a road accident in Coleraine last month.

Craig McCook (19) from the Carnbore Road between Liscolman and Mosside near Ballymoney, worked at McKay's butcher's shop in Ballycastle.

Grieving family members and friends gathered at the family bungalow yesterday.

Rev John Anderson, minister of Billy parish, Church of Ireland, near Bushmills, said the young man will be interred there after a joint service at Ramoan parish in Ballycastle involving himself and Rev David Ferguson.

Mr McCook is survived by his elder brother Dwayne, father Jeremy and mother Alexa.

The young man's death and that of another man in an accident near Holywood in north Down, brought the total number of people killed on the roads in Northern Ireland this year to 68 - 18 more than the same time last year and double that by this time in 2012.

Rev Anderson said: "Craig was a very likeable and personable young fellow. I taught him in Sunday school a few years back.

"He had lots of friends and that's what is so shocking, the potential he had.

"I don't think you could find anybody who had a bad word to say about him."

Moyle Ulster Unionist councillor Willie Graham knows the McCook family and went to school with Craig McCook's grandfather, Junior.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the family and I would like to pass on my condolences to them," said the councillor.

A neighbour said: "Everybody locally are shocked that somebody so young has died. We all had been hoping he could have survived his injuries, it is so sad."

Mr McCook was involved in an accident around 10pm on Tuesday October 21 at Strand Road, Coleraine. Another man in the car was also taken to hospital.

PSNI Inspector Trevor Atkinson said: "This road traffic collision, involving a Lexus, has tragically ended up to be fatal," he said.

"I reiterate our appeal and ask for anyone who knows anything about this to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Steeple Police Station or Coleraine Police Station on the non emergency number 101."

Meanwhile a man in his 30s has died following a crash in Holywood on Friday.

One car, a red Seat Ibiza, was involved in the collision with a lamppost at around 10pm.

A passenger in the car - also a man in his 30s - was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne described the death as "devastating news".

"I am shocked and deeply saddened that a man has died following a road traffic accident in Holywood," he said.

"This is devastating news and I express my sincere condolences to the gentleman's family and friends.

"This is a reminder to us all of the dangers on our roads especially as the winter months approach."

Belfast Telegraph