NORTHERN IRELAND ROADS CLAIM SECOND VICTIM

Road racer Jonny Buckley who was killed on Monday night in Ballyclare

Road racer Jonny Buckley who was killed on Monday night in Ballyclare

A teenage motorcyclist has died following a crash – the second road victim in a few days.

The 19-year-old man was fatally injured in the collision on the New Line road in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim on Wednesday morning around 7.50 am

Police say no other vehicle was involved in the crash.

The road was closed for several hours between Councillors Road and Liberty Road, but has since reopened.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

On Monday evening, well known and popular motorbike road racer Jonny Buckley was killed in a road smash in Co Antrim.

He was the driver of a BMW car which was involved in a single-vehicle crash at around 9.30 pm on the Braepark Road in Ballyclare.

A passenger in the car suffered a number of injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Local motorsport fans have paid tribute to Mr Buckley, who was a front runner in the Irish Superbike/Supersport championships.

His death has been described as “a terrible loss to the motorsport paddock”.

One online tribute described him as “an excellent rider and an all round nice guy”.

Another said: “Absolutely gutted to be posting this but sadly Biker.ie member and Irish Superbike/Supersport front runner, Jonny Buckley was tragically killed in a car accident last night.

“One of the hardest riders on track and one of the funniest off it, he will be sorely missed.”

 

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