Belfast Telegraph

Tributes to Omagh road victim Neil McAleer

By Joanne Fleming

Tributes have been paid to a 24-year-old man who died after being struck by a lorry in Omagh at the weekend.

Neil McAleer, who was from the town, was walking on the Great Northern Road, close to the Brookmount Road overpass, at the time of the accident involving a Ford tipper lorry.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences and is currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

The incident was reported to police shortly before 4.50am yesterday.

Among those expressing sympathy to Mr McAleer's family online were Omawest Community Development Association.

They said: "It's with a heavy heart that we write this post. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to our Chairperson Marina McAlary on the tragic death of her son Neil McAleer this morning. Condolences also to his dad Malachy (Curly) and his brother Kevin. RIP Neil. Words will never make this right, our thoughts and prayers are with you all to get strength to help you through this very sad time."

Friends also posted tributes on Facebook.

Keelan Pritchard wrote: "Can't believe it. RIP Neil McAleer, you were always a great friend and great craic, Heaven has gained another angel. Sleep tight buddy x." Eamonn Kerrigan wrote: "Horrible news to wake up to. RIP Neil McAleer."

Ciaran O'Doherty wrote: "Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Neil McAleer at this very sad time. #RIP"

Sinn Fein's Declan McAleer said the community had been stunned by the tragedy.

The West Tyrone MLA said: "The death of this young man who was hit by a lorry on the Great Northern Road in Omagh has shocked the local area.

"Any death on our roads is one too many.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man at this sad time."

Local DUP councillor Errol Thompson said the Great Northern Road was a busy route and appealed for people to take care coming home at night.

"This is a very busy road with lorries moving goods at night," he said.

"When you're out at night I would appeal to people to look after each other and be vigilant. There have been too many deaths this year on the roads."

He added: "My deepest sympathy goes to his family circle, and his friends, and all involved in this very tragic incident."

The Great Northern Road was closed until around 1pm yesterday after traffic diversions were put in place.

PSNI Inspector Keith Hicks is appealing to anyone who was on the Great Northern Road at the time of the incident and who saw a pedestrian or a Ford tipper lorry to contact police in Omagh or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

On Friday afternoon, 64-year-old William James Walker was also knocked down by a lorry near Belfast city centre and died from his injuries.

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