Mother shocked that Road Service hasn’t installed improved signs

A coroner’s court has heard that the driver of a car that crashed killing his two passengers was twice over the drink driving limit.
The three young Ardoyne men tragically lost their lives in the crash last January.
And signs at the junction where Gary Black, 22 and David Anderson 18, were killed instantly when the Ford Mondeo in which they were travelling plunged over a steep embankment and crashed into a warehouse wall could have been better displayed, the hearing heard.
Theresa Anderson the mother of David Anderson said she was shocked that the Road Service had not installed improved signage.
It was revealed there was a total of ten accidents at the junction of Hyde Park and Mallusk Road between January 1999 and September 2004.
Forensic expert Damien Coll said the driver had tried to brake to avoid the embankment. Tyre marks on the grass verge indicated that he was travelling around 50mph after he applied the brakes.
“The anniversary of their deaths is on the 26th of this month and it’s very upsetting that other people could have died during this time,” said Theresa Anderson. Belfast coroner John Leckey expressed his concern about the junction.
“The families have understandable concerns about this particular junction and if things had been different regarding the warnings that there was a T-junction the outcome may not have been a fatal one.”
Pearse Doherty, 18, a back seat passenger in the vehicle died five days after the crash that caused a hole in the wall of the warehouse and the car to override the embankment and plunge 14ft.
His mother Eilish this week urged young people to think twice before getting into a car or behind the wheel.
“Pearse was just a normal 18-year-old. He had a girlfriend and liked to go out with his mates,” she said.
“He had gone to the GAA with his friend and then went for something to eat. They were picked up by Gary and David and Pearse’s friend later got out of the car. No one knows where they were going. Pearse had a seat belt on in the back, a thing he never did. But his injuries were too severe for him to survive the crash.
“I would say to young people if they are going out to park the car up. There’s plenty of taxi depots in the area.”

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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