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Tributes paid to pedestrian killed after being struck by vehicle in Co Tyrone

Niall McDonald was killed while walking in the Tullyvar Road area of Aughnacloy on Monday night.
Paul Ainsworth

A PEDESTRIAN killed after being struck by a vehicle in Co Tyrone has been named as Niall McDonald.

The 44-year-old, who was from Dungannon, died following the collision at Tullyvar Road in Aughnacloy shortly before midnight on Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene upon the arrival of emergency services.

Tributes have since been paid to Mr McDonald, who was from Dungannon's Drumcoo area but had lived in Philadelphia for a number of years before returning home.

A post on the White City Dungannon Facebook page described him as "very popular" and "highly respected in the Dungannon area".

The post added: "Deepest sympathy to Niall's family - his father Sean RIP, mother Noelle, his brothers Sean, Damien, Fergal and Ryan, his sisters Sinead and Naomi."

Known to loved ones as 'Nilly', Mr McDonald was someone who "always had a smile on his face to greet you", friend Danny Cunningham wrote.

Barry Logan described his late friend as someone with whom there "was never a dull moment", adding he was "always full of craic".

Dungannon Sinn Féin councillor Dominic Molloy told The Irish News that the death had caused "heartache" in the Dungannon community.

"This is a devastating loss of a popular man, and our thoughts are with Niall's family and friends as they come to terms with what has happened," he said.

"I have no doubt the wider community will rally round and offer support at what is an incredibly difficult time for them."

Meanwhile, police are continuing to appeal for information on Monday's fatal incident.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "We are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision and I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr McDonald walking in the area between approximately 11pm and midnight, or anyone who may have captured dash-cam footage, to please get in touch by calling 101, quoting reference CW 1978 – 26/09/22."

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