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Two killed in separate road crashes: Man dead after Co Down smash and pedestrian dies in Portadown

Latest two deaths bring roads toll to 22 for the year

By Joanne Fleming and Cate McCurry

Two men have been killed in separate accidents during a tragic 24 hours on Northern Ireland's roads.

Father-of-three John Armstrong, described by friends as a "gentle giant" and "absolute gentleman", died after being struck by a car in Portadown at the weekend.

He had been travelling in a taxi on the Gilford Road just before 2am on Sunday when he got out of the vehicle and was hit by a Volkswagen Passat.

The second man was killed after his silver Mercedes collided with a Vauxhall on the Banbridge Road, Dromore, shortly before 6pm last night.

The man, named locally as Jim Boyd, was a livestock dealer believed to be in his 50s.

It is believed the father-of-four was travelling with his partner at the time of the crash.

The two fatal accidents take the number of people killed on Ulster's roads this year to 22.

Mr Armstrong, who was in his 40s, was a taxi driver in Portadown. He was also known for his involvement with a number of flute bands, and was a former member of Portadown True Blues.

On the band's Facebook page yesterday a post read: "Deeply saddened yet again at the loss of an ex member of the PTB in the early hours of this morning. Rest in peace big man, our thoughts and prayers are with the kids and family circle at this time." Another tribute on the site from friend Dave Carson referred to him as a "big gentle giant".

"RIP big man, world will be a quieter place without you in it!" he wrote.

DUP councillor Darryn Causby, who knew Mr Armstrong, was among the local politicians extending sympathies.

He said Mr Armstrong was an "absolute gentleman".

"It is very sad," he said. "He was quite well known in the town. My heartfelt sympathies to the family and the family circle. It is absolutely heartbreaking to wake up to on a Sunday morning."

UUP councillor and deputy mayor of Craigavon, Colin McCusker, said he was "shocked and saddened".

Upper Bann MLAs Dolores Kelly and John O'Dowd also offered their condolences.

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