Man, 18, dies in Downpatrick road crash

The Ballydugan Road outside Downpatrick
The Ballydugan Road outside Downpatrick

An 18-year-old man has died after a single vehicle crash on the Ballydugan Road outside Downpatrick last night, Tuesday 18 April.

Police said he was driving a Peugeot 207 car, which was involved in the collision at around 10.30pm close to the Lake Road junction.

An 18-year-old man has died

An 18-year-old man has died

Inspector Linda Savage is appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Ballydugan Road last night and who witnessed the collision to contact local police in Downpatrick, or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 1457 of 18/04/17.

The Ballydugan Road was closed overnight between Bonecastle Road and Buckshead Road but has now reopened.

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has described the death as a “profound tragedy” that has shocked the local community.

She said: “The sobering news this morning that an 18-year-old man has died following a crash last night has shocked the community in Downpatrick.

The Ballydugan Road (pictured) was closed between Bonecastle Road and Buckshead Road but has now reopened

The Ballydugan Road (pictured) was closed between Bonecastle Road and Buckshead Road but has now reopened

“The loss of any life on our roads is a shock but to lose someone so young, with so much to live for, is a profound tragedy.

“My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with this young man’s family and friends at this terrible time. I have no doubt that local people will rally around and offer whatever support they can.”