Tyrone road deaths bring ‘horrendous’ total for year to 19

Jayne Burnside, 23, died when she was struck by a vehicle at Tullyhogue early on Saturday morning
Jayne Burnside, 23, died when she was struck by a vehicle at Tullyhogue early on Saturday morning

The death toll on Northern Ireland’s roads this year has risen to 19, with three people killed in separate weekend incidents in Co Tyrone.

Seven have lost their lives since the beginning of April – with one senior police officer saying he could not recall a period as bad in recent history on the roads.

Flowers are left at the spot where a woman died on the Moneymore Road, Cookstown

Flowers are left at the spot where a woman died on the Moneymore Road, Cookstown

At 1am on Saturday, 23-year-old Jayne Burnside from Cookstown was struck by a vehicle as she walked along the Gortagammon Road at Tullyhogue.

Also on Saturday, a man in his 40s was killed in a collision between a Citroen van and a Mercedes lorry on the Melmont Road near Strabane.

One man aged 49 has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, no insurance and failing to fit a tachograph, following the crash that took place in the Victoria Bridge area around 10pm.

He is due to appear at court in Enniskillen on Monday morning.

Relatives and friends of Clodagh Arbuckle at the candlelit prayer vigil in Ballycastle on Saturday night

Relatives and friends of Clodagh Arbuckle at the candlelit prayer vigil in Ballycastle on Saturday night

The latest fatality was a woman in her 50s who died in a one-vehicle collision on the Moneymore Road, Cookstown at 2.30am on Sunday.

Police are appealing for witnesses to any of the fatal road incidents to come forward.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday News programme, Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said the spate of fatalities was of great concern.

“Seven deaths only halfway through April is horrendous,” he said.

ACC Noble added: “The critical thing that I can do is pass on my sympathies and my condolences to the families, because the impact for them will stretch far beyond this particular weekend.”

• A vigil for the teenager left critically ill following an Easter Monday road crash has been held in Ballycastle.

Clodagh Arbuckle, 18, is being treated at the RVH in Belfast. She was involved in the collision on the Cushendall Road that claimed the lives of Johnny Black and Robin Wilson.

Five other people were injured in the same incident.

The Diamond in Ballycastle came to a standstill on Saturday evening as well-wishers gathered for the candlelit prayer vigil.

Close friends of Clodagh, as well as Causeway Coast and Glens councillors Padraig McShane, Cara McShane and Joan Baird, addressed the crowd.

The service was lead by Rev John Stanbridge from Ballycastle Presbyterian and Rev Fr Brian Daly of St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s, Ballycastle.