Second US crash death in Newry family

Second US crash death in Newry family

A family who lost a loved one in a car crash in the USA last year, prompting them to start a trust to help fund repatriations for others in similar situations, is now facing a fresh tragedy of their own.

The parents of 26-year-old Newry man Kevin Bell started up the trust in his name, after their son was killed in New York in June.UTV has now learned that Kevin's cousin, 35-year-old Paul Lambert, has been knocked down and killed in a crash in San Francisco earlier this week.The incident happened at about midnight (US time) on Tuesday.It is understood that the driver of the car was apprehended at the scene.The family are now dealing with authorities in the US to see if the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund needs to be used in order to bring Paul home.They are said to be "stunned and devastated" at the cruel twist of fate.Local MLA Dominic Bradley has passed his condolences to the family."This is devastating news for Paul's parents, sister, and wider family circle," said the SDLP representative for Newry and Armagh."Paul's death is made even more poignant coming as it does just months after the death of his cousin, Kevin Bell, in New York in June last. The family has had a lot to bear over the past few years and have dealt their grief in an exemplary fashion. "The establishment of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund after Kevin's death has already helped fourteen families bring the remains of loved ones home to their families in Ireland. "On my own behalf and on behalf of the community I would like to express deepest sympathy to Paul's parents, sister, and wider family circle. I know that the community here will rally around the family and give them every support and assistance possible."

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