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Derry road victim survived 2017 paramilitary shooting

Patrick Healy died in a single vehicle collision on Glenshane Pass on Tuesday night. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

A man killed in a car accident on the Glenshane Road previously survived a paramilitary style shooting in Derry in November 2017, the Irish News has learned.

Patrick (Patsy) Healy (46) from Racecourse Park in Derry died when his Vauxhall Crossland car was involved in a single vehicle road accident near the Ponderosa Bar and Restaurant shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

Two women who were travelling with Mr Healy were taken to hospital where they are being treated for serious injuries.

In November 2017, Mr Healy suffered serious injuries when he was shot in a paramilitary style attack in the Shantallow area of the city.

The victim was walking with a friend at Madam’s Bank Road on Sunday November 12 2017 when he was confronted by several men.

Police said at the time he was forced into a tunnel – close to the Brian Ógs GAA club - and shot once in the leg in what the PSNI described as a “brutal and horrific attack”.

The scene following a fatal crash on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday night. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy extended his condolences to Mr Healy’s family.

Mr Molloy – in whose constituency Tuesday’s fatal accident occurred – said the community had been saddened by news of his death.

“Any death on our roads is one too many. I hope that those injured in this collision can make a full recovery. My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the man who lost his life at this sad time,” he said.

Derry SDLP councillor Brian Tierney also offer his condolences to Mr Healy’s family.

Mr Tierney said he would do all he could to help the family come to terms with their loss.

He said he would contact the Life After support group to help Mr Healy’s family.

Life After was established by Derry man Christopher Sherrard in 2017 following the road death of his father Wilson (60) to provide help for families in the aftermath of road fatalities.

A man was killed on the Glenshane Pass in Co Derry on Tuesday night. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

Police have appealed to anyone who witnessed Tuesday night’s fatal road accident to come forward.

A spokesman said officers were particularly keen to speak to anyone who had mobile phone or dashcam footage of the accident.

The scene of a fatal crash on the Glenshane Pass in Co Derry on Tuesday night. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

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