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Second person knocked down and killed on same stretch of road in 14 months

Diarmuid McFall was knocked down and killed in Toome

CONCERNS about road safety at a Co Antrim accident blackspot are to be raised with the Department of Infrastructure following the death of a second pedestrian in 15 months.

Diarmuid McFall (28) was knocked down close to a service station on the Moneynick Road in Toome on Sunday evening.

Police say the young man was from the local area and have appealed for witnesses.

UUP mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Paul Michael last night offered his sympathies to the family of Mr McFall but said it raised questions following a similar tragedy last January.

Shannon McQuillan (19) from Dunloy was hit by a van on the same road in the early hours of January 20 last year.

Investigations into the circumstances around the young law student's death were carried out by the Police Ombudsman and the ambulance service after it emerged she had been had been in contact with the PSNI and paramedic crews in the hours before the accident.

Mr Michael said he intended to bring the issue before his council colleagues at their next meeting.

"Any death on our roads is tragic but given the fact that these deaths of two young people occurred at a similar spot is a cause for major concern and something I think needs to be discussed with the Department of Infrastructure," he said.

"Additional safety measures are urgently required and I intend to raise the issue as a matter of importance at our next full council meeting."

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