Man involved in fatal RTC was dissident bomber

The crash scene on Magheraknock Road outside Ballynahich in Co Down. ''Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye
The crash scene on Magheraknock Road outside Ballynahich in Co Down. ''Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The man who died in a road collision in Co Down at the weekend had been convicted of having a dissident republican bomb in 2002, it has emerged.

Paul Donnelly, 36, from Colinview Street in Belfast, was killed when the car he was travelling in collided with another vehicle on the Magheraknock Road, Ballynahinch on Saturday around 7.30pm.

A five-year-old girl was also injured but is in a stable condition, while a man aged 32 is described as being in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Mr Donnelly was shot and wounded by police as he attempted to evade arrest following a failed bomb attack on the car-tax office in Upper Queen Street, Belfast

Police at Lisburn are appealing for information on Saturday’s crash.

Inspector Barney O’Connor said investigating officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw the Vauxhall Vectra and Ford Focus cars before the collision or came across the scene immediately afterwards.