Thursday 23 November 2017

'One of the best guys' - tributes paid to father-of-two killed in crash

Morgan Denny died after the pick-up truck he was driving was involved in a collision
Morgan Denny died after the pick-up truck he was driving was involved in a collision

Cate McCurry

Tributes have been paid to a father-of-two killed in a crash in Co Antrim.

Morgan Denny died after the silver Nissan pick-up truck he was driving was involved in a collision near Hannahstown on Wednesday morning.

The 36-year-old, who is understood to have worked as a joiner for MD Renovations and Building, was described as a "dedicated and loving friend".

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened close to the junction of Rusheyhill Road shortly before 8am.

The PSNI said a blue and white 'Daf' lorry and a black and white 'Scania' lorry were also seen in the area at the time.

Mr Denny's death sparked many online tributes, with a large number praising the victim for his footballing talent.

His former football team, Colin Valley FC, said: "Colin Valley FC would like to send its dearest condolences to the Denny family today on the tragic loss of their most beloved son and former CVFC player, Morgan Denny.

"Morgan played for the club in its fledgling years and remained a dedicated and loving friend to many of our members and staff.

"He will be fondly remembered by all."

Another friend posted on social media: "Morgan was one the best guys I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and playing football with. Thinking of his family."

Police are working to establish the circumstances of the collision and identify all of the vehicles involved.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Tornagrough Road or Rusheyhill Road on Wednesday morning around 8am and who witnessed the collision to come forward.

Separately, police are appealing for witnesses to a serious road collision in east Belfast on Wednesday night which left a teenager fighting for his life in hospital.

The 19-year-old was admitted with life-threatening injuries, while a man in his 60s was released from hospital following treatment for minor injuries.

Emergency services were called to the junction of the Castlereagh and Upper Knockbreda roads at 9.45pm on Wednesday.

A 20-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, causing grievous bodily injury, remained in custody helping police with their inquiries.

Sergeant Marion Curran said: "We are very keen to hear from anyone who saw this collision and could help with our investigation into what happened.

"If you've any information that could help, please contact us on the non-emergency number 101."

The latest death comes as a report shows that the number of fatalities on Northern Ireland's roads is falling - with 68 fatalities caused by road accidents last year.

Some 828 serious injuries resulted from road traffic collisions - 16% more than the number recorded in 2015, which is the highest number since 2010.

During the same period, 82 children (aged 0 to 15) were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions - 10 more than in 2015.

Belfast Telegraph

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