13 Aug 2022

Derry family pays tribute to brother who died in Glenshane Road crash

Patsy Healy
The sister of a Derry man who died in a road traffic collision on the Glenshane Road yesterday described him as a person who “loved to be around family and friends”. It was confirmed that the man who died following a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision on the Glenshane Road on Tuesday, April 23, was 46-year-old Patrick (Patsy) Healy. He was from the Racecourse Road area of the city, a community in which he grew up. A PSNI spokesperson said Mr Healy was travelling in a grey coloured Vauxhall Crossland that was involved in the collision close to the Ponderosa Bar and Restaurant at around 11.45pm. It is understood that the car ended up on its roof and Mr Healy was thrown clear of the vehicle. Two females who were also in the vehicle were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries that are described as “serious”. Speaking to the Derry News yesterday, Janet Kerr, sister of Patsy Healy, said he was the youngest of seven children, to the late Patrick and Moyà Healy.  His long-term partner was named as Kerrie Ann Holt. Mr Healy was born the year after one his sisters tragically died in a car accident when she was just 9 years of age. “So when Patsy came along he was spoilt, we showered all our love that we had on him,” his sister explained.  “He was a very affectionate brother who would’ve done anything for anybody. “He was enjoying life and loved so much by his family, and he doted on them as well.” Ms Kerr was informed of the accident in the early hours of yesterday morning but said she is unclear of the exact details at this stage as enquiries are ongoing. She reflected on her brother’s life, saying: “Patsy loved the simple things in life and he was happy around his family.  Our wee home was always one where the door was always open and the tea was always on.” The family want him to be remembered as someone who was “full of fun, always smiling and just loved to be around family and friends, and would have done anything for anybody.” The Glenshane Road remained closed between the Garvagh Road in Dungiven and Tobermore Road in Maghera for a period of time yesterday while police continued to investigate the circumstances of the collision. Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who was travelling on the Glenshane Road on the night of April 23 and who witnessed the collision or anyone who has any mobile phone or dashcam footage of the incident to contact local officers in Limavady or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 1654 23/04/19.

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