4 fatalities in 2 road accidents over the weekend in NI

By Gillian Crotty

Two separate road accidents in Northern Ireland over the weekend resulted in four fatalities, taking the total of road deaths in 2014 up to 48.

On Friday night a car collided with a tractor in Cullybackey resulting in the deaths of Lance Corporal David Gwilt, aged 24, and Rifleman Dale Hassis, of the same age - both were due to leave for active duty in Afghanistan. On Saturday a crash in Newry involving two cars caused the deaths of Niall Murphy, aged 19, and Joan Connor, aged 67.

A further fatality was also confirmed after Andrius Liberis, aged 25, died in hospital from injuries sustained in a road crash in Loughgall earlier in the week. The accidents continue what has been a terrible year for road safety in Northern Ireland, with road deaths in the year so far up by 40 per cent compared to the same point last year.

The PSNI recently announced that more officers would be on Northern Ireland roads to clamp down on motoring offences and unsafe driving, including speeding, drink driving, and driving while operating a mobile phone.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of a road traffic accident in Northern Ireland, and want to speak to a claims solicitor about your compensation options, contact Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast at 0800 840 9289.