Mallusk crash victim first road fatality of 2015

16/10/2012 Pacemaker press.  A man aged in his 70s has died in a road accident involving three vehicles, the police have said.It happened on the main Lisburn to Ballynahinch road at about 22:30 BST on Monday.Three other people were treated in hospital. The road remained closed on Tuesday morning with diversions in place. picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
16/10/2012 Pacemaker press. A man aged in his 70s has died in a road accident involving three vehicles, the police have said.It happened on the main Lisburn to Ballynahinch road at about 22:30 BST on Monday.Three other people were treated in hospital. The road remained closed on Tuesday morning with diversions in place. picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

A man in his 80s who was involved in a traffic collision in Co Antrim on Sunday has become the first fatality on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2015.

The incident, involving a Volkswagen Polo and a Vauxhall Vectra, took place on the Mallusk Road in Newtownabbey around 11.45am.

The Mallusk Road was closed between Hydepark Road and Bernice Road for several hours while specialist investigators examined the scene.

Police on Tuesday confirmed that the elderly motorist had died of his injuries.

Inspector Alexander Johnston said he was appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone who was travelling on the Mallusk Road around the time of the collision, to contact the Collision Investigation Unit in Steeple police station or local police in Newtownabbey on the non-emergency number 101.

There was a sharp rise in the number of road deaths in the Province last year with 79 people losing their lives compared to 57 in 2013.