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Man held over Co Tyrone hit-and-run crash that killed motorcyclist Willis Vogel

Willis Vogel, who was 21, died in a road traffic collision on the Meenacloy Road between Castlederg and Ederney in Co Tyrone on Sunday morning

Police investigating a crash in which 21-year-old biker Willis Vogel died have arrested a man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Vogel, from Limavady, Co Derry, died last Sunday morning on the Meenacloy Road between Castlederg and Ederney in Co Tyrone.

A 32-year-old man was arrested yesterday and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Meanwhile, a 33-year-old man, arrested on May 31st, on suspicion of a number of offences including causing death by dangerous driving, was released unconditionally

Mr Vogel had recently started a new job as a trainee engineer with Openreach and was riding an orange Kawaski motorcycle when it was involved in a collision with a black BMW X5 at around 11am.

The driver of the BMW failed to stop and left the scene.

The vehicle was later found over the border in Co Donegal.

Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has responded to my appeal for information following this tragedy.

“I would however continue to ask anyone who may have witnessed this collision, or who may have captured dash cam footage, to contact detectives in Omagh on 101."

Mr Vogel, a former student at Limavady High School, had been out for a morning ride with friends to Sligo and was returning home when the collision happened.

The Air Ambulance was dispatched, however, he died the scene.

Speaking to the Irish News, Rebecca Vogel said her family had been left "just devastated" by the loss of her younger brother.

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