A cyclist has been killed in Northern Ireland after a driver crashed into a club ride near Bangor Two other riders were hospitalised in the incident, one of them sustaining critical injuries.
The fatal crash happened on a dual carriageway between Bangor and Newtownards at around 1.50pm on Tuesday afternoon, reports the Belfast Telegraph.
The 59-year-old driver of the vehicle involved, a Hyundai 4x4, was arrested at the scene and taken into police custody and has since been released on police bail.
Gavin Moore, aged 40, died in the Royal Victoria Hospital as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision which happened as he took part in a novice ride with the North Down Cycling Club.
The day before, he had asked on the club’s Facebook page: “Will we give it a miss this week with the holidays?"
A message posted to the same page by Sam Carson after Tuesday’s incident said: "It's with great regret the committee has to inform you of the passing of club and committee member Gavin Moore.
"Gareth Boyle and Keith Freel were also involved. Gareth suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries, Keith was given the okay, just a very bad concussion.
"Rachy Sinnamon [was] also involved, but thankfully walked away.
“The committee send the condolences and sympathies to his mother and father, partner Joanne, Gavin's kids, Adam and Luke, Joanne's kids and the whole family circle," the message added.
Mr Boyle remains in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital, while Mr Freel has been released after being treated for concussion.
Inspector Stephen McGuigan of the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “I would ask anyone who was travelling on the Newtownards Road near Conlig at the time of the collision and who may have information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact officers at the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 691 of 11/07/17.”
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