A man who died in a 2 vehicle RTC on the Drumcroon Road, Coleraine this afternoon has been named locally as Peter Smyth.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community SDLP Councillor Stephanie Quigley said ‘I am so sad to hear of this tragic accident. I knew Peter and I was talking to him a few weeks ago on Castlerock beach when he was out walking with his son.
Peter was such a lovely genuine person, a real hardworking family man. My thoughts and prayers are with his loving parents James and Eithne and the entire family circle . It is just heartbreaking for children to lose their daddy at such a young age.
The Smyth family are well known and loved in this area and I am sure that this tight-knit community will be a great support at this difficult time. I know that their deep Christian faith will be a comfort to them now and in the days that lie ahead.’
Inspector Colin Shaw is appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the Drumcroon Road and who has dash-cam footage of the collision to contact local officers in Coleraine or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 595 20/02/19.
The Drumcroon Road remains Closed between the Moneybrannon Road and the Kinnyglass Road after a fatal crash earlier today. The road is likely to remain closed until the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Mr Smyth was a member of local cycle club – Bann Wheelers. Posting on the group’s Facebook page, Antony Lafferty wrote: “It’s with grave regret that we are posting tonight about the tragic loss of one our long standing members, Peter Smyth. Peter died this afternoon in a road accident.
“Deep condolences to Peter’s family, Caroline and his children.
“He will be very sadly missed, not only by his family and friends, but by all who got to know a genuine and very likeable character. RIP Peter.”
Commenting on the tragedy, Cllr Richard Holmes said ‘I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Peter Smyth in a road traffic collision earlier today.
This is a tragedy for the family and we should surround them with our prayers at this time.
The Smyth family are well known locally through business, church and cycling and undoubtedly the family and community circles will rally around just as the Smyth family have done for others.’