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Road tragedy appeal

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Road tragedy appeal thumbnailStephen Wilkinson

THE funeral will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, of a young Ardboe man who died after being struck by a car in Cookstown in the early hours of Sunday.

Stephen Wilkinson, aged 26, of Mullinahoe Road, died as a result of the collision at Chapel Street in the town at 3.30am and Police have appealed for information.

The driver of the Ford Focus car was a 26 year-old man, who has been released on Police bail pending further enquiries.

Mr Wilkinson, a former pupil of Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, was a mechanic who worked with his father.

Fr Sean McCartan, parish priest of Ardboe, said the whole community had been shocked by what happened: "Stephen comes from a family that is well-known and popular in this area, but also very private."

Mid-Ulster Sinn Fein Councillor Ronan McGinley said Mr Wilkinson would be sorely missed by  his family, girlfriend and the whole Ardboe community.

"I knew Stephen personally. He was a good lad."

Cookstown Ulster Unionist Councillor Trevor Wilson also expressed his condolences to the family of Mr Wilkinson.

Councillor Wilson said: "Like the rest of the Cookstown community, I was shocked to wake up on Sunday morning to the news that another young life had been lost on our roads.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Wilkinson family."

Stephen is survived by his mother Sharon, father Christopher and brother  Ryan, to whom sympathy is extended.  His funeral will take place this Wednesday with Requiem Mass in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Mullinahoe.

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