THE 41-year-old man who died in a collision on the Drones Road between Armoy and Cloughmills on Thursday night has been named locally as Francis Watson.
A notice on the Funeral Times website said: ‘Watson (Ballycastle) 6th February 2020, as result of an accident, Francis ‘Fra’ R.I.P. Beloved son of Gerard & Mary, dear brother of Patrick, loving father of Jessica, Cian & Eoin and dearly loved Partner of Roisin.
‘Funeral Sunday 9th February from his father’s residence, 3 Stroan Rd, Ballycastle, BT54 6RY to St.Patrick’s and St.Brigid’s church, Ballycastle at 11:30AM for Sunday mass at Noon.
‘Interment afterwards at St.Olcan’s Graveyard, Armoy, for burial. Deeply regretted by his loving Father, Mother, Brother, Children, Partner and entire family circle. On his soul, sweet Jesus have mercy.’
A PSNI spokesperson said: “The two-vehicle collision involved a white Volkswagen Golf and a silver-coloured Kia Picanto and was reported to police at 6.45pm.
“The man who tragically lost his life, who was the driver of the Golf, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The investigation into the circumstances of the collision continues and we would ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or who was driving in the area and has dash-cam footage which could assist our enquiries, to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 1645 06/02/20.”
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough councillor Cara McShane told Q Radio: “Our thoughts and prayers and our heartfelt condolences are with the family.”
She added: “The family would be well-known and well-respected within the community.
“People are just absolutely devastated to hear another tragic death of this type in the north Antrim community”.
North Antrim Assemblyman Mervyn Storey said: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the gentleman who tragically lost his life in this road accident.”