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'Shock and devastation' as teen pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Co Armagh

Co Armagh teen Glen Montgomery died after being struck by a car on the Moy Road outside Portadown on Sunday morning.
Paul Ainsworth

A Co Armagh community has been left "devastated" following the death of a teenager who was struck by a car.

Named locally as Glen Montgomery, from the Richmount Road area outside Portadown, the teen died in the single-vehicle collision on the nearby Moy Road shortly before 4.20am on Sunday.

A spokesperson from the PSNI's Collision Investigation Unit said the collision involved a silver Skoda Superb car. 

“Officers, along with other emergency services attended and provided medical assistance. However, the teenage boy sadly passed away at the scene," the spokesperson said.

“Our investigation is underway and we are appealing to anyone who was travelling in the Moy Road area around 4am or anyone who has dash-cam footage, to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, and quote reference number 412 of 16/04/23.”

Tributes to the popular teen appeared online on Sunday as news of the tragedy spread, including from Portadown Rugby Club, of which he was a member and had recently played on its Under-18's squad.

A club spokesperson described him as a "brilliant young player and friend".

"Growing up and going to school in Portadown he was a friend of many at the club," they added.

The Bleary Young Farmers Club, described the teen as a "dedicated member" who "always got involved with so much enthusiasm" in its events.

"We extend our condolences to the Montgomery family during this tragic time as well as Glen’s many friends in Bleary YFC," a spokesperson said in a statement posted to social media.

"We wish to reassure you all that our committee are here to talk at any time and we offer our support," they added for YFC members.

A death notice described Glen as the "treasured son of Alana and Hugh, cherished brother of Danny, Millie-Jane and Matthew, also a beloved grandson of Janice and David, Glen and Betty".

Portadown UUP councillor Julie Flaherty told the Irish News that locals in the "tight-knight" area outside the town where the crash occurred were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

"This has left the area in complete shock - we're all devastated - and our hearts go out to his family at this dreadful time," she said.

"This tragedy has reverberated right across the community here. But it's a very tight-knit place, and being from the area myself, I can tell you that people here will rally round the family and offer as much support as we can along the terribly hard road they face ahead."

Meanwhile, police closed the Marlacoo Road in the Richhill area of Co Armagh on Sunday evening following what was described as a "serious one vehicle road traffic collision", with motorists advised to seek alternative routes.




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