South Armagh pedestrian is fifth victim on Northern Ireland roads this month


A 58-year-old male pedestrian has become the latest person to die on Northern Ireland’s roads after a collision in south Armagh yesterday.

In a separate incident, another male pedestrian, who was described as elderly, was injured after being struck by a car on the Bushmills Road in Coleraine close to the junction with James Street.

News of the latest road casualties came only hours after a 22-year-old driver of a stolen car died after a collision with a lorry and another vehicle on the outskirts of west Belfast.

The injured man in the Coleraine collision was taken to the Causeway Hospital around 7.30pm but no details of his condition have been released.

The pedestrian who died had been knocked down on the Newtown Road between Newtownhamilton and Belleeks shortly before 5.30pm.

A 29-year-old woman who was driving the car involved has been arrested on suspicion of a number of road traffic offences and was last night being questioned about the incident.

The Newtown Road between the Outlecken Road and Carrickrovaddy Road was still closed late last night while forensic experts examined the scene. Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision, or was travelling on the Newtown Road around the time of the incident, to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Steeple police station on 0845 600 8000.

Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley said he is deeply saddened by news of the pedestrian’s death near Newtownhamilton.

“My thoughts are with the family of the deceased and I express my sincerest sympathy to them,” he said.

The SDLP representative added: “I know that the community will rally around the family and offer every support and comfort to them at this very difficult time.”

Yesterday’s carnage on the roads contributes to a grim start to the year’s accident figures.

The 22-year-old driver of the stolen car was the fourth person to die on the roads this month with the south Armagh victim the fifth.

There were four road deaths recorded over the course of the entire month of January in 2012, while in 2013 there were five fatalities during January.