BY LOUISE CONVERY
POLICE want to speak to a motorist who stopped at the scene of a fatal car crash in Maghera at the weekend.
The man who died in the car crash is known to be local man Michael Bradley. The crash occured when Mr Bradley was walking along the Gulladuff Road on the outskirts of the town on Saturday at around 6pm. Mr Bradley, from the O’Hara road was in his 50s and was a well-known figure in the town of Maghera.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries in relation to the incident. The PSNI are now asking that the driver of a silver 4x4 vehicle who stopped at the scene get in touch with them.
Councillor Sean McPeake has previously warned that the stretch of road in question was in need of a footpath.
“I offer my thoughts and prayers to both the Bradley family and that of the motorist involved in the tragic accident,” he said.
“Beneath the statistics of another roads fatality lies real pain for the families concerned. The tragic accident occured on what is a particularly dangerous section of a very busy roadway.”
“On more than one occasion in recent years I had requested to the Roads Service that they look at providing a footpath link for this short stretch of roadway between the 30mph boundary of Gulladuff and midway towards Beagh Terrace a short distance away,” he added.
“I had highlighted this because not only was this a particularly dark and dangerous stretch of roadway but also should this short portion of footpath to be completed would have provided a totally uninterupted footpath link between Gulladuff and the town of Coleraine some 24 miles away. Once again I am requesting to Roads Service that they should include this within their next programme of works within the area.”
“This is so sad for everyone, both the family of Michael and the driver of the vehicle involved,” said Councillor Kate Lagan.
“I knew Michael well. He was a familiar figure around Maghera whom we saw almost every day. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the very loving and caring members of his family.”
Son of the late Michael and Mary-Anne, Michael is survived by his sisters Anne McEldowney, Bernadette McKenna and brother Liam. He was laid to rest yesterday (Wednesday) at St John’s Church, Granaghan.
Information on the incident can be passed on to the PSNI on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.