Horrific crash claims lives of teenager and pensioner

August 4, 2014

A Newry teenager was one of two people killed in an horrific two-car crash on the Dublin Road in the city on Saturday afternoon.19-year-old Niall Murphy from Windmill Road died when his blue Ford Fiesta collided with a Southern-registered brown Nissan Qashqai around 5.25pm.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mrs Joan Connor (67) from Drogheda, Co. Louth, who was a passenger in the second car, died from her injuries a short time later in Daisy Hill Hospital.

Atrocious weather conditions may have been a factor in the horrific crash with torrential rain and large amounts of surface water leading to difficult driving conditions for motorists.

Immediately following the accident, the Dublin Road was closed to traffic while police examined the scene.  It eventually re-opened in the early hours of Sunday.

Investigating officers have appealed for witnesses or anyone who was travelling on the road between 5.15pm and 5.40pm on Saturday to get in contact with them on the non-emergency number 101.

The tragedy was the latest in a series of fatal crashes on Northern Ireland’s roads which claimed the lives of five people in just two days.

Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Dáire Hughes extended his sympathies to the families of those killed in the Newry crash.

“The news of further fatalities on our roads has shocked and saddened the entire community and on their behalf, I extend deepest sympathies to the families of those tragically killed,” he said.

Meanwhile the PSNI’s Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said the sharp spike in road deaths since Friday has brought into focus the need for all road users to take responsibility for their actions.

“Five people have died on our roads since Friday. The devastation this brings to families, friends and local communities is immeasurable,” he said.

“The primary objective for everyone who uses our roads is to keep themselves, and others safe. Every single road user has a choice to make when they take control of a vehicle. How they exercise those choices can unfortunately sometimes mean the difference between life or death.”