OAP killed in accident while walking his dog

Paramedics at the scene of the fatal collision on the Donegall Road. Photo: Kevin Scott/Presseye
Paramedics at the scene of the fatal collision on the Donegall Road. Photo: Kevin Scott/Presseye

A dog-walker in west Belfast has died after being involved in a collision with a car on the Donegall Road.

The male pedestrian, who was in his early 70s, was close to the Park Centre when the incident took place just before 7.30pm on Wednesday.

News of the latest road death – the 73rd victim this year – came just 12 hours after another pedestrian was involved in a fatal collision with a lorry near the M1 motorway roundabout at Moira.

A friend of man killed in Belfast, who did not wish to be named, described the ex barman as “a friend to everyone”.

“He talked to everyone – whatever age they were. He was a very pleasant and well- mannered man who had time for everybody he met.

“Many other friends have already been on to me tonight and they are devastated.

“Everyone knew him, as you would always see him out walking through the Bog Meadows and through Milltown cemetery,” he said.

The road was reopened to traffic around 11.45pm.

Police have not yet released the name of the victim.

Community worker Eoin McShane tweeted that he was “absolutely devastated” at the death of a man he described as “one of life’s true and most genuine gentlemen”.