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Tributes paid to pedestrian killed close to his home in Co Antrim

The crash happened on the Portglenone Road, Randalstown during the early hours of Tuesday. Picture by Bill Smyth

THE pedestrian killed while walking home in Co Antrim was last night described as a "good man".

Tributes have been paid to Mervyn Millar following his death close to his home in Randalstown. The crash happened on the Portglenone Road, close to Groggan PS, shortly after 1am yesterday.

It is understood Mr Millar, who was known by the nickname 'Bo' and believed to be aged in his late 50s, was walking home to his house at Red Row, Groggan, when he was struck by a car.

He was well known in the Randalstown area and the crash is understood to have happened just a few hundred yards from his house.

Family and friends have posted tributes to Mr Millar on social media.

A niece wrote of her devastation.

"Heart is broken, love you uncle Mervyn, I will never forget you," she said.

A friend also described him as "a good man", while another said: "Saddened to hear the terrible news about Mervyn Millar, many a drink I had with him, rest in peace wee Bo, you were a gentleman".

DUP MP for south Antrim, Paul Girvan, said: "This is very sad news and my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of the young man who has tragically lost his life.

"I would appeal for anyone in the area who may have witnessed anything in relation to this terrible accident to bring that information to the PSNI."

Sinn Féin assembly member Declan Kearney said: "Any death on our roads is one too many and this news will have shocked many people in the local area.

"My deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the man at this difficult time."

SDLP councillor Brian Duffin said: "It's tragic. I would appeal to people out walking to wear reflective clothing as you can appreciate how dark it is out there."

Mr Millar's funeral is due to take place at Logans Funeral Home, Ahoghill on Friday at noon. He is survived by his siblings Margaret and Wilbert.

Meanwhile, the funeral is expected to held tomorrow of a talented Co Armagh GAA player killed in a weekend road crash.

Brian Hearty (26) from Silverbridge died in a single car collision near Dundalk during the early hours of Sunday.

His death came just a day after he had celebrated his birthday and only hours after he had taken part in a charity 'truck run', when he drove his lorry with hundreds of others in a massive convoy to raise funds for charity as part of an annual Halloween event in south Armagh.

Requiem Mass for Mr Hearty is due to take place at St Patrick's Church, Crossmaglen at 11am tomorrow followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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