Funerals to be held today for pair who died after horror collision

Mr McKeown died after coming to the aid of Primrose Campbell, pictured
Mr McKeown died after coming to the aid of Primrose Campbell, pictured

Separate funerals will be held at 11am today for 46-year-old businessman Conor McKeown and Primrose Campbell, who died after a car collision outside Rasharkin on Friday.

The incident unfolded close to Mr McKeown’s turkey business – McKeown Fine Foods – shortly after 6.30am.

Ms Campbell, 58, who worked at the Townhill Road business and whose car was involved in the collision died at the scene.

Father John Murray, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Chapel in Rasharkin, said he knew Mr McKeown as “a fine young man who ran his business, ran marathons, loved bicycle riding and was as fit as a fiddle”.

“He was not a sick man, he was only 46 years old, but it was just too much for him,” he said.

“I suppose it was just seeing it and it involving someone he knew. It has been a terrible, terrible tragedy.

“He has three children, one of them still at primary school.”

Fr Murray added: “This has bene a terrible tragedy for the Campbell family as well.”

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the crash.

He was later released pending further inquiries.

Ms Campbell’s funeral will be held in her Ballymoney home before interment in Kilraughts Presbyterian Churchyard.

She will be mourned by her children Angela, Neil and Stuart and wider family circle.

Mr McKeown’s funeral will take place in St Mary’s Chapel, Rasharkin with interment in the adjoining churchyard.

He will is survived by his wife Fiona, children Jonathon, James and David, his parents Gerard and Veronica and siblings Grainne and Damian.