Tributes have been paid to a skilled young man who lost his life in a road accident.
Stephen Gilmour, aged 20, died following the incident at about 3.30pm on Sunday, on the outskirts of Dromore, Co Tyrone.
And yesterday there were warm words from those who knew him – among them Gary McNabb, who described himself as both a friend and a former employer.
Asked to characterise Stephen, Mr McNabb said: “Mechanically adventurous. Anything that was going well, he took it apart to see why it was going well, and could put it back together even better probably.”
Mr McNabb, 25, from Dromore, said Stephen was a keen enthusiast when it came to motor vehicles, from cars to tractors, and he had worked from a young age fixing lorries.
“Anything that was broken, he’d fix it”, he said, describing Stephen as someone who would “do anything for you”.
Mr McNabb, who lost his own brother in a road accident nine years ago, said he understands Stephen was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the incident, and that the area where the crash occurred was only around 50 yards from his house.
He believes the car had been rounding a corner when it hit a kerb and flipped over.
Another former employer, Seamus McBride from Trillick, said: “He was the best. He was a great hard worker – he was 100 per cent.”
Farmer and former councillor Liam McQuaid also knew the young man, who had spent time on work experience at his son’s engineering firm.
“It’s a terrible tragedy, and it’s an awful shock to the community,” said the long-time Dromore resident, aged 69.
“I just want to offer my sympathy to the family. He was a grand lad.
“He was a quiet lad, a good lad, a civil lad – very mannerly.
“He would have been a popular young man.”
Stephen Gilmour had been travelling in a grey Renault Megane at the time of the accident on the Omagh Road.
It was the sole car involved in the incident.
Stephen died at the scene, and two other males in the car were taken to the South West Acute Hospital.
As of yesterday evening, both were said by the area’s health trust to be in a stable condition, but were being kept in for observations.
Stephen’s death brought to 45 the total number of fatalities on Northern Ireland’s roads so far this year, according to the PSNI.
The figure is notably higher than the same time last year, when 34 had died by the same date.
Police called for witnesses to the accident to contact officers in Omagh on 0845 600 8000.
Police were also appealing for witnesses following a serious single-vehicle incident on the Loughshore Road between Enniskillen and Belleek shortly before 12.45pm yesterday.
The collision, involving a red Ford Fiesta, occurred about four miles from Enniskillen.
The 30-year-old male driver was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries which were described as critical. Yesterday evening he remained “critical, but stable” said a spokesman for the Western Health Trust.
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or was on the road around the time to contact PSNI in Enniskillen on 0845 600 8000.