Co Tyrone pensioner becomes latest road fatality

Police believe a woman was struck by two vehicles on the Newcastle Road in Dundrum on Thursday. Picture Mal McCann

A Co Tyrone pensioner has become the latest road crash victim after he was killed in a collision near Monaghan.

William Richard Rountree (70) from Fintona died after he was struck by a car on the N2 at Killmarley, close to Monaghan town on Wednesday.

Gardai said the collision happened shortly before 6pm and Mr Rountree died at the scene. The driver of the car was uninjured in the crash.

The funeral of Mr Rountree, a father-of-two and a grandfather, is due to take place today in Fintona at Donacavey Parish Church at 2pm.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and children Winston and Sandra.

PSNI statistics show that there have been five fatalities on the roads in Northern so far this year.

During the month of January last year, three people lost their lives and in 2014, there were eight deaths on the north's roads.

Meanwhile, a female pedestrian remains in a critical condition following a road traffic collision in Dundrum, Co Down.

Police last night said it is believed the woman, aged in her 30s, was struck by two different vehicles.

The collision happened on the Newcastle Road in Dundrum, close to the entrance of Murlough nature reserve, shortly before 8pm on Thursday.

It was initially reported as a one-vehicle crash, however, it is now understood that two vehicles were involved.

The woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for treatment and last night remained in a serious condition.

PSNI Inspector Stephen Humphries said: "We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed this incident".

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