'Stolen car' driver killed in crash

Published Friday, 10 January 2014
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A man has died after the suspected stolen car he was driving was involved in a crash with a van in west Belfast.

'Stolen car' driver killed in crash
Police have closed part of the road in Dunmurry. (© Pacemaker)

The accident happened on the McKinstry Road in Dunmurry at 8am on Friday.

Police said the man, who was 22 and from the Dunmurry area, was the driver of a silver Chevrolet Captiva which they believe was stolen in a 'creeper style' burglary.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Initial enquiries suggest that the Chevrolet car had been stolen from the Harmony Hill area of Lisburn earlier this morning during a creeper style burglary."

The man died at the scene of the crash.

Meanwhile the driver of the DAF Box van and a 21-year-old female passenger from the car were both taken to hospital with injuries which aren't thought to be life-threatening.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary and allowing self to be carried and later street bailed pending further enquiries.

Police said the road remains closed in both directions between Queenway and Wilmar Road and motorists have been warned to expect delays.

Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Magennis described the incident as a "terrible tragedy".

He said: "This adds to the growing death on our roads so early into the year.

"I would like to offer my condolences to the family of the person who has died and hope that those injured make a full recovery.

"I would also appeal for local people to cooperate with the emergency services as they attend this accident."

Lisburn councillor Pat Catney passed his sympathies to the victim's family.

The SDLP man said: "It's very tragic news for another family who have lost a loved one. We had a fatality just outside Glenavy before Christmas, so this is heart breaking. It's very sad.

"I want to express my sympathy to the family of the victim, and I hope those who have suffered injury make a full recovery."

Police asked anyone with more information to come forward.

A statement added: "Police would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who was travelling on the McKinstry Road around the time of the collision to contact them at Lisburn Police Station by calling 0845 600 8000."

© UTV News
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24 Comments
Stuart in Carrick wrote (281 days ago):
Do familys get benifits when there kids are 21 NO because they are adults and make there own decisions . What are you talking about right thinker? Why would there parents need to know were they are? Not everybody lives with there parents until there 50.
anonymous73 in belfast wrote (282 days ago):
Why have they not been named? The public have a right to know who these criminals are.
Really in belfast wrote (282 days ago):
Right thinker, the girl is 21, what do her parents have to do with this? You're clearly not thinking right.
Margaret Rush in Belfast wrote (282 days ago):
Quick and full recovery to the poor can driver.
realistic in planet earth wrote (282 days ago):
I hope they are ALL ok and make a full recovery. Let's not forget that these young people are still someone's daughter, son, brother etc. do we want car thieves in our midst? of course not - but spare a thought for their families...... let's not lose our humanity altogether folks.
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