Northern Ireland

Cyclist killed in Carrick crash

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash in Carrick to contact them
Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash in Carrick to contact them

A 45-year-old cyclist has died following a crash involving a car in Co Antrim.

The collision happened in the New Line area of Carrickfergus shortly after 9.30am on Sunday.

The road was closed for a period on Sunday as an investigation took place, and police later confirmed the cyclist had died as a result of his injuries.

A PSNI spokesperson said:“Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision, and would ask anyone who was in the area at the time, and witnessed what happened, or who may have captured mobile phone or dash-cam footage, to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 587 10/12/23.”

East Antrim UUP MLA John Stewart, who lives close to the scene of the crash, told the Irish News: "This is devastating news, and my thoughts and prayers are with the man's family. This tragic loss will be all the more heartbreaking given we are so close to Christmas, and I'm sure the local community will be rallying round to offer support to his loved ones.

"If anyone can assist the police as they investigate this tragic incident, I would urge them to get in touch with them as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, a young child remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries following a crash in Co Down on Friday.

Another three people were also injured in the collision, which happened on the Belfast Road in Comber.

The crash involved a grey Ford Transit van and a black Seat Leon and happened shortly before 2pm.

Police said on Sunday that the child "remains in a stable condition".

"A man in his 60s, a man in his 20s and a woman in her 20s were all taken to hospital for their injuries," a spokesperson said.

"Enquiries are continuing and police would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the collision, or who may have dash-cam footage available to contact police on 101."

It came as a Co Antrim road crash victim has been remembered as "one of life's good guys".

David Blayney (53) died on Friday following injuries he suffered in a collision in Ballymena on November 22.

The crash involved a motorbike and a car.

A PSNI spokesperson said Mr Blayney had been taken to hospital for "treatment to life-threatening injuries".

"He passed away in hospital on Friday 8th December," they said.

"The collision, involving a Honda motorcycle and Honda CR-Z car, occurred at approximately 5.45pm on the Cullybackey Road at the junction with the Teeshan Road.

"Mr Blayney was the rider of the motorcycle.

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"A 25-year-old man arrested following the collision has been bailed to allow for further enquiries.

"A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding what happened is ongoing."

Police are appealing to anyone with any information or who may have dashcam or mobile phone footage to contact them.

Tributes have described Mr Blayney as an "absolute gentleman".

One friend wrote on social media: "Davy was good humoured, kind hearted and an absolute gentleman , condolences to all that loved him".

Another tribute said "Davy one of life's good guys, we had many a laugh back in the day", while another added that he was "always a positive character, wouldn’t go without saying hello and one of the kindest/helpful men". 

He is survived by his wife Janice, children Lisa and Stacey and family circle.

Meanwhile, a man in his 30s was killed when the van he was driving collided with a wall in Co Cavan.

The crash happened on the R194 at Finaway, between Ballyjamesduff and Killyfassy Cross, just before midnight on Saturday.

The man, who was the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

On Friday, a woman in her twenties was left in a critical condition following a crash near Ballymena, Co Antrim.

The collision, involving a silver Vauxhall and a grey BMW, happened on the Lisnevenagh Road at around 12.15pm.

A man in his 30s was also injured in the crash, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are also investigating a collision involving a pedestrian in Lurgan in the early hours of Sunday.

The man, aged in his 60s, was struck by a vehicle in the Avenue Road area shortly after 1.45am.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.

A woman in her 20s was also treated in hospital following a two-vehicle crash in Lurgan's Union Street area at around 6.40pm on Saturday.

Police have urged witnesses to both collisions, or those with dash-cam footage, to contact them.