Belfast Telegraph

Two arrests after teenager killed in car crash tragedy

By Michelle Smyth

A teenager has died in an early morning crash in west Belfast – the 28th death on Northern Ireland's roads this year.

The victim of the fatal road crash yesterday was named locally as John Paul McShane.

The 18-year-old, who was from the Lagmore area but living in Twinbrook, was a passenger in the car which crashed on a rural stretch of the Upper Springfield Road around 8.15am.

Police believe he died at the scene. No other vehicle was involved in the incident.

Mr McShane is believed to have been travelling from a house party in Lagmore with two other people in the red Peugeot 406 estate.

It is believed the car belongs to the father of the driver.

The driver is believed to have handed himself into the police yesterday afternoon.

A PSNI spokesman said last night: "Two men aged 20 and 21 have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences and are currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries."

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann visited the family home of Mr McShane.

"His mother is distraught and in a state of shock over the death of her young son," she said..

"The whole family, including his younger sister, are devastated.

"His poor mother is heartbroken, and as a mother myself it's devastating to watch her going through that."

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: "I feel for this man's grieving family, my heart goes out to them and the wider family. I would urge everyone to co-operate with the police."

The road was closed yesterday between the junctions of Hannahstown Hill and the Monagh bypass. It reopened last night.

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