A Co Tyrone community is in shock after a 49-year-old “quiet family man” was killed in a two-car collision on the Dromore Road in Omagh on Saturday night.
The head-on collision involving a Toyota Yaris and a Saab Vector was reported to police shortly after 10pm.
A PSNI spokesman said the male driver of the Yaris was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.
He is the 57th person to die on Ulster’s roads this year. This time last year 62 people had been killed on our roads.
Meanwhile, the 40-year-old female driver of the other vehicle who was also taken to hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries, has now been arrested.
The road victim was Paul Mills from the Killyclogher area and the accident happened close to his home.
Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer expressed his sympathy to Mr Mills’ family.
“This is terrible news for the family of a man who has left behind his wife and children,” he said.
“It is devastating and I want to express sympathy with them at this difficult time.
“I have spoken to members of the community and they are very, very shocked.
“Today Killyclogher local (GAA) team are playing in the Tyrone county final and I have spoken to a lot of people who are very sad at the news of this man’s death. He was known as a family man.”
Fermanagh and Omagh Sinn Fein councillor, Sorcha McAnespy, said Mr Mills was “very well known and from a very well-respected family”.
She added: “Today is county final day and this has put a real dampener on it all. What happened to a local man on the roads last night has annoyed a lot of people.
“I want to send my sincere sympathy to his family at this time.”
Appealing for witnesses to the collision, Inspector Stephen Humphries said: “We know that other motorists who have not yet come forward were travelling on the road last night.
“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed an earlier collision between the Saab and a white Peugeot 207.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.