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Tributes paid to father-of-two killed in west Belfast road crash

Morgan Denny died in the road crash near Hannahstown on Wednesday. Picture byJustin Kernoghan/ PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

A MAN killed in a road crash on the outskirts of west Belfast was last night described as a "dedicated and loving friend".

Morgan Denny (36) from Dunmurry died in the collision near Hannahstown on Wednesday morning. Police said he was the driver of a silver Nissan pick-up jeep involved in a collision close to the junction of Rusheyhill Road.

Tributes were paid last night to the father-of-two, who was a former player at Colin Valley Football Club in west Belfast.

In a statement on Facebook, the club said: "Colin Valley FC would like to send its dearest condolences to the Denny family today on the tragic loss of their most beloved son and former CVFC player Morgan Denny.

"Morgan played for the club in its fledgling years and remained a dedicated and loving friend to many of our members and staff. He will be fondly remembered by all - rest easy big fella."

Friends of Mr Denny have also posted their tributes on social media.

One friend wrote: "Waking to some horrible news. RIP Morgan Denny - one the the best guys I've ever had the pleasure knowing and play football with.

"Thinking of his family, legend."

Another said he was "totally in shock".

"One of the best soccer players I have ever played with and a great buddy," he said.

Police said officers are "working to establish the circumstances of the collision and identify all of the vehicles involved". A PSNI spokesman said a blue and white 'Daf' lorry and a black and white 'Scania' lorry were seen in the area at the time.

They have appealed to anyone travelling on the Tornagrough Road or Rusheyhill Road around 8am and who witnessed the collision to contact them.

Mr Denny's funeral is due to take place tomorrow at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 9.30am followed by burial at Blaris Cemetery, Lisburn.

He is survived by his wife Maria, children Ronán and Aoibhín and family circle.

Meanwhile, a teenager was last night fighting for his life following a road crash on the outskirts of Belfast.

The collision happened at the junction of the Castlereagh Road and Upper Knockbreda Road on Wednesday at around 9.45pm.

Police said a 19-year old man and a man in his 60s were injured in the crash. The teenager remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The PSNI said a 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, causing grievous bodily injury following the collision.

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