Lorry driver arrested after Ballynahinch road death

Windmill Street was sealed off for several hours after the tragedy
Windmill Street was sealed off for several hours after the tragedy

A man has been arrested by police investigating the death of an elderly pedestrian who was knocked down by a lorry in Co Down.

The collision took place on Windmill Street in Ballynahinch shortly before 11am on Thursday.

The dead man has not yet been identified but it is understood he was in his early 80s.

Initially it was thought that the driver of the six-wheel tipper lorry had been unaware a collision had taken place.

Appealing for the public’s help in tracing the vehicle, police said it had travelled through the centre of Ballynahinch and left the town along Dromore Street.

The driver was later arrested when the lorry was located by the PSNI.

A police spokesman said: “The male driver has been arrested on suspicion of a number of motoring offences and is currently assisting police with their inquiries.”

Inspector Kieran Quinn has appealed for anyone who was on Windmill Street on Thursday morning and witnessed the collision to contact local police or the Collision Investigation Unit on the non-emergency number 101.

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has expressed her deep sadness after learning of the man’s death.

The SDLP representative said: “I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of the man tragically killed after being struck by a lorry in Ballynahinch this morning.

“This will be a very difficult time for his close friends and family, I have no doubt the community will rally around them. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and may have any further information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible.”

Windmill Street was closed for several hours before being reopened around 6pm.