Cookstown pedestrian who died in collision with red Mercedes is named

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The pedestrian killed last night in a collision with a red Mercedes has been named locally as Cookstown man Brian McGinn.

The town is said to be in shock following the outcome of the Lissan Road incident.

Police said he was struck by the car as he made his way home from town around 11.45pm and are appealing for witnesses to come forward - especially the driver of a dark Volkswagen car.

Brian, who was in his fifties and worked as head chef at the Mill Wheel Bar on the Dunnamore Road, has been described as the “heart and soul around here”.

Manager Raymond Loughran told the Mail it was “a terrible shock” for everyone at the bar when they found out Brian had died.

“Everybody is just in total shock,” he said, “our own staff and the whole community because he was the heart and soul around here.

“Everyone was very fond of him, fond of the craic and the food.”

UUP MLA Sandra Overend and UUP Councillor Trevor Wilson have both expressed their sympathies to Mr McGinn’s family and friends.

“I was incredibly saddened to learn of the death of a man in Cookstown on Monday night,” Mrs Overend said.

“Each death on our roads is a tragedy, and this one is no different. This man’s life was cut short in tragic circumstances, and his loss will be felt by his family circle, as well as the wider Cookstown community.”

Councillor Wilson added: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragic accident.”

DUP MLA Ian McCrea has also expressed his deepest sympathies to the family.

“It was with profound sadness that I learned of the news of this fatal road accident on the Lissan Road last night,” he said. “The tragic and untimely death of this gentleman will cause great sorrow within our community and I extend my sincere sympathy to the entire family circle at this difficult time.”