Teenager’s death ‘a tragic accident’

July 28, 2009

The death of a teenager in Newry at the weekend has been described as a tragic accident.

Eighteen-year-old Stephen Markey from Warrenpoint was walking on the Newry to Warrenpoint dual carriageway when he was struck by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning.  It’s believed he was making his way home from a night out in Newry when the accident occurred around 3.20am.

The road between Greenbank and the junction with the Old Warrenpoint Road was closed for several hours as police examined the scene.

Police have appealed for anyone who was travelling in the area and witnessed the accident to contact them.

Stephen is the youngest child of Martin and Marie Markey and brother of Adrian, Caroline and Linda.  He will be buried tomorrow (Tuesday) after 12.30pm Requiem Mass in St. Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint.


SDLP South Down MLA PJ Bradley expressed his sympathy to the family of the teenager, describing his death as ‘tragic’.

“My sympathies go out to his family at this particularly distressing time. I know Stephen’s parents and grandparents and they are no doubt distraught at the minute,” Mr Bradley said.  “I would like to urge all motorists to take the utmost care on our roads at all times.  And it is vitally important that pedestrians remain vigilant and safe while walking along busy routes at whatever time of the day or night.”

The MP for the area, Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy extended his sympathy to the teenager’s family.

“It is tragic to hear of the death of another person on our roads and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” Mr Murphy said.

He urged road users to exercise caution when driving or walking, particularly at night.