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18/09/2021

Draperstown man killed in crash - three others in hospital with one in a 'critical condition'

A man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision in County Derry. The crash happened on the Newferry Road, Bellaghy yesterday evening (Thursday, October 25). The collision occurred at around 5pm on Thursday when a BMW car with four men on board left the road. Reece Kelly (22) from the Draperstown area (pictured above) was pronounced dead at the scene whilst three other men were taken to hospital with one described as being in a 'critical condition'. A PSNI spokesperson said: "The circumstances surrounding the collision are under investigation and officers have appealed to anyone who witnessed or who has dash-cam footage of the collision or who saw the blue BMW car being driven in the area before the collision to contact them at the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 931 25/10/18." It is understood this is the second tragedy to hit Mr Kelly’s family in recent months. In July, his younger brother Seamus (6) passed away. Early this morning, Mr Kelly’s heartbroken sister Tara Devlin posted a tribute on Facebook. “Can't believe I'm writing this..just three months after losing our baby brother Seamus, we have sadly lost another brother. Reece Kelly hold Seamus tight and fly high until we are all together again. Words can't describe the pain we are going through as a family.” As news of Mr Kelly’s death filtered through, his devastated friends paid online tributes. “Absolutely and utterly devastated to hear this heartbreaking news tonight. Thoughts and prayers to all family and friends. RIP Reece Kelly,” wrote one pal. Another tribute read: “Rest in peace Reece Kelly. What a shock to everyone back home, you never know what’s around the corner.”

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