Police appeal for information on third car following fatal collision in Ballycastle

The funeral has taken place  of Johnny Black in Ballycastle.'Photographer / Presseye.com
The funeral has taken place of Johnny Black in Ballycastle.'Photographer / Presseye.com

As the funeral took place on Thursday of road victim Johnny Black, police appealed for information about a car recovered from a nearby road after the collision on Easter Monday.

The vehicle is reported to have been parked on Ballycastle’s Carrickmore Road, close to Maguire Caravan Park, for several hours after the crash that claimed the lives of Mr Black, 19, and 26-year-old Robin Wilson.

The teenager, who lived close to the crash site, was buried at St Patrick’s Church in Ballyvoy with his coffin brought to the church on one of his father’s haulage lorries. Mr Wilson will be buried at noon today in Armoy Presbyterian Church.

The collision happened on the Cushendall Road at 3.40am. It left six others injured - including 18-year-old Clodagh Arbuckle, who was on Thursday night still critically ill in the RVH.

A PSNI spokesman said they were “interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen a vehicle being towed away or recovered by a lorry from this area during this time.”

Parish priest Fr Raymond Fulton told the News Letter the teenager’s family are very close and that Johnny worked alongside his father Seamus.

“They were looking for Johnny one day when he was only three and they couldn’t find him. Then he came up the laneway of the house, with the collie dog in front of him, and his father said to him ‘where have you been?’

“He said, ‘I was out checking the sheep’. That was the sort of him.

“His parents were just broken today. It was absolutely horrendous. It’s a tragedy to see such a young life extinguished.”

Fr Fulton said it was the largest funeral he could remember during his time in the parish.

“I’ve never seen a funeral like that – I’m here five years and we have had some big funerals. We were using fields to park the cars. I would say there were 1,200 people, at a rough guess.”

Specialist forensic investigators were at the scene of the crash all day on Monday.

“It’s up to the emergency services to sort out what happened – there is too much speculation going on,” Fr Fulton added.

Another female passenger in one of the two cars involved in the collision was also critically ill, but later reported to be stable. The other four casualties were treated at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine. Anyone with information on the crash, or the third vehicle, is asked to contact police in Ballycastle on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Also yesterday, more than 200 bikers provided an escort for the funeral cortege (right) of Coleraine motorcyclist David Anderson, 42, who was killed in a collision near Belfast on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the funeral of pilot Stephen McKnight, who was killed when his light aircraft crashed at Newtownards airfield on Tuesday, will take place at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 10.30am.