Cookstown crash victims named

Published Sunday, 30 March 2014
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Two men who died after a car crashed into a Co Tyrone garden have been named by police.

Cookstown crash victims named
The car crashed into a garden. (© UTV)

They were 23-year-old Grant Archer, from New Mills, and 28-year-old Robert Wilkinson, from Cookstown.

The men died at the scene of the crash on the Old Coagh Road in Cookstown in the early hours of Sunday.

The collision happened at around 4am when the car veered off the road and crashed into a garden.

A police spokeswoman said: "Following the attendance of emergency services it was confirmed that the two occupants of the vehicle had been fatally injured.

"Police would appeal to anyone with any information or anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Cookstown police station on the new non-emergency number 101."

The deaths bring to 16 the number of people killed on roads in Northern Ireland since the beginning of the year.

Mid Ulster Assembly man Patsy McGlone said the accident was a terrible tragedy.

The MLA said: "I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the crash.

"The loss of any life in these circumstances is a tragedy but the fact that these two men were so young will only deepen the hurt the community is feeling.

"I want to extend my deepest condolences to the families of the two men whose lives have now been turned upside down as they begin grieving for their loved ones.

"This will be a very difficult time and they'll need all the support they can get from neighbours and friends," the SDLP representative said.

DUP MLA Ian McCrea said: "It is important that anyone with any information on how this accident happened should contact the Police as soon as possible."

The Old Coagh Road has been re-opened to traffic.

© UTV News
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4 Comments
Mel in Belfast wrote (119 days ago):
God bless x
Mel junk in Newmills wrote (120 days ago):
My heart goes out to the families at this sad time
Lyn McCrea in Ulster wrote (120 days ago):
May I extend my Deepest Heartfelt sympathy to the Archer and Wilkinson families on the untimely death of their beloved sons especially on Mother's Day. May God Comfort all of you. Psalm 46 V1
Renard in Ulster wrote (121 days ago):
This is so tragic, I sincerely hope these two families can overcome their grief. So sad.
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