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Tributes to South African woman killed in Toomebridge road crash

Vivienne Pieterse (50) died after the two-vehicle crash outside Toomebridge
Brendan Hughes

A SOUTH African woman killed in a road crash in Co Antrim has been fondly described as having a "beautiful soul".

Vivienne Pieterse (50) died after the two-vehicle crash on Thursday morning on Roguery Road outside Toomebridge.

Her death is the third fatality on the same stretch of road in as many years.

Just months ago the speed limit on the road had been reduced following previous fatalities.

Mrs Pieterse had recently moved to Northern Ireland to be closer to grandchildren.

She had lived in Beragh in Co Tyrone before more recently moving to the village of Ahoghill outside Ballymena.

At the time responding to friends online following the move, she said it was "beautiful country" and "we are so happy here already".

Friends paid tribute to Mrs Pieterse and expressed their condolences on Facebook following her tragic death.

One friend said that "we mourn the loss of one of our own", adding: "RIP Viv Pieterse. May your beautiful soul rest in peace."

A friend on the Facebook page 'South Africans Northern Ireland' recalled meeting Mrs Pieterse through the group a year ago before she moved to Northern Ireland.

"Such a happy, smiling, never ever complaining human being taken so tragically too soon."

Police had closed the Roguery Road by 7.30am on Thursday following the crash.

Another person was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

Sinn Féin councillor Henry Cushinan said that over the past 25 years the number of fatalities on the road would be "well into double figures".

"I extend my condolences to the family, and ask people to please be careful on this road. Even with the speed restrictions it's still quite a dangerous road," he added.

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