Teenage driver arrested after Ballycastle pedestrian death

Police collect evidence at the scene of the fatal collision in Ballycastle
Police collect evidence at the scene of the fatal collision in Ballycastle

A teenage motorist has been arrested following the death of an elderly female pedestrian in north Antrim.

The 18-year-old female driver was detained by police investigating the collision that took place around 1.45pm in Ballycastle.

The Diamond area of the town was closed for several hours while the scene, close to the Boyd Arms public house, was examined.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

The car involved – a green Vauxhall Corsa – was displaying R plates.

PSNI inspector David Burns said he would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact police at the Collision Investigation Unit on the non-emergency number 101.

SDLP representative Connor Duncan has expressed his sympathy to the victim and her family and urged drivers to “exercise caution”.

Mr Duncan said: “I understand that the woman was walking in the Diamond area when she was hit by a car around 1.45. She was taken to hospital, but sadly died of her injuries.

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to both the victim and her family at this difficult time. I would urge all drivers in the area to exercise caution on the roads, especially as we move into the winter months when road conditions will worsen.”