Taxi driver in fatal Antrim collision knows victim’s family

Police seal off the scene of the fatal collision on the Belfast Road at Dunadry on Saturday
Police seal off the scene of the fatal collision on the Belfast Road at Dunadry on Saturday

Tributes have been paid to the 56-year-old Antrim man killed on the road as he walked home from his work Christmas function in the early hours of Saturday.

He has been named locally as Edward Gerald Kingsbury who had been an employee of Mivan construction company in Antrim.

It has emerged that Mr Kingsbury (known as Gerry) had been walking home from the Dunadry Hotel outside Antrim around 2.20am when he was struck by a taxi on the Belfast Road.

UUP MLA Adrian Watson, who attended the scene of the collision, said he knew Mr Kingsbury and his family well.

Mr Watson said the taxi driver is also a friend of the Kingsbury family.

The UUP MLA said he received a phone call shortly after the accident from another mutual friend who was driving behind the taxi involved in the fatal collision.

“He put him into a recovery position and administered immediate first aid. Three nurses who came upon the scene stopped as well.”

Mr Watson said the death has “devastated” the Kingsbury family and the taxi driver’s family also.

He said Mr Kingsbury had lived alone in the Steeple area of Antrim, had children and “was very close to his brothers”.

“There had been a family wedding on Thursday and then his night out on Friday where he left around 2am,” he added.

“He had worked in Mivan for a long time and was a good guy.

“We were in the same Orange Lodge – Murray’s True Blues in Antrim – as are all his brothers and younger members of his family, with whom he was very close.

“The wedding was such a happy time for them and unfortunately they are all going to be together again this week at the funeral.

“It is so sad and a terrible accident. He was always with his brothers and he was a great Liverpool supporter. Now the Kingsburys are devastated, as is the taxi driver’s family.”

Mr Kingsbury’s death brings the death toll on Ulster’s roads this year to 71.

This time last year 76 people had lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads.

In 2014 a total of 79 people were killed on our roads.