North Antrim road victim, 93, was farmer and church elder

The Scene of a fatal accident near Armoy Co Antrim where 94 year old Robert Robinson was killed
The Scene of a fatal accident near Armoy Co Antrim where 94 year old Robert Robinson was killed

Tributes have been paid to 93-year-old farmer Robert Robinson who died after being hit by a vehicle.

The fatal accident happened close to his home on the Drones Road in the Armoy area of north Antrim at around 6pm on Tuesday.

He was taken to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine in a critical condition, but later died.

Mr Robinson, who was unmarried and lived alone, was the 54th person to die on the Province’s roads this year.

By this time last year, 40 people had lost their lives in traffic accidents.

Rev David Fallows, the minister of Kilraughts Reformed Presbyterian Church, said Mr Robinson would have celebrated his 94th birthday next month.

He said Mr Robinson had been a “small-scale farmer, who was still doing a little bit on the farm and still driving his car short distances”.

Rev Robinson added: “He had good health and was very robust.

“He was a typical north Antrim man. He was a quiet Godly man who was very faithful in his church attendance and had a great interest in Christian missionary work and he would have read a lot.”

Rev Fellows said Mr Robinson had lived “a quiet life and was a friendly man”.

He added that his “hearing was very poor and that was a handicap to him in later life”.

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said the surrounding community is “deeply saddened” at news of Mr Robinson’s death.

“He was very well known and respected in the area, having lived at the Drones for all his life,” he said.

“He would have often been seen walking on the road that sadly he was to lose his life on.

“He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him in the local area and with all those associated with Kilraughts Reformed Presbyterian Church, were he was an elder”.

He added that he and others were thinking and praying for the family circle.