Young man killed in Co Antrim road crash described as 'lovely fella'

Tributes have been paid to Sean McAlonan from Ballycastle

A YOUNG man killed in a road crash in Co Antrim was last night described as a "true gentleman".

Tributes have been paid to Sean McAlonan from Ballycastle, who died after the van he was travelling in crashed during the early hours of Sunday.

He was one of three people in a white Citroen Berlingo, which left the road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police said the collision happened on the Glenshesk Road in the small Co Antrim town and no other vehicles were involved.

The two other people in the van were taken to hospital, although their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The family of Mr McAlonan, who was aged in his early twenties, are well-known in the local area, owning a number of businesses including an oil supply firm and a transport company.

His death has left the Ballycastle community stunned with many people paying tribute to the young man on social media.

One friend wrote: "Rest in peace to a true gentleman, one thing for sure this news will have touched the hearts of many people".

Another said: "Heart breaking......taken far to young, you were always up for the crack (sic) and a good laugh, a life that will be sorely missed but all.

"If only you knew what you actually meant to us all. R.I.P Sean McAlonan - forever in our hearts."

Other tributes described Mr McAlonan as a "great young man" and "a lovely fella", while others said his death as "absolutely heartbreaking".

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash or anyone who saw the vehicle prior to the collision to contact them.

The scene at the Glenshesk Road in Ballycastle

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