Mother killed in Bogside accident

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The woman killed in a tragic accident at a pedestrian crossing near Derry’s flyover on Saturday has been named as Pat Duffy from Lisfannon Park in the Bogside.

The woman killed in a tragic accident at a pedestrian crossing near Derry’s flyover on Saturday has been named as Pat Duffy from Lisfannon Park in the Bogside.

The collision occurred at 10.30am close to the junction of Westland Street and Rossville Street.

Local MLA Pat Ramsey, who visited the scene of the accident on Saturday morning said people in the area were struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of the local mother and grandmother, who it’s believed was walking home from morning Mass in St Columba’s Church Long Tower when the fatal collision happened.

Speaking to the Sunday Journal, the SDLP Foyle MLA described Mrs. Duffy as a decent and honourable woman and said the accident had traumatised people living and working in the close-knit area.

He said: “This lady has been known to me for many years. In fact I grew up alongside her and her family and I can say they are decent people and very good neighbours.

“Our sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with her family who have so tragically lost a loved one.

“The people of Lisfannon Park and the surrounding area are totally traumatised and shocked at finding out this news.

“It’s a tragic situation for absolutely everyone involved.”

The local MLA said the traffic situation in the area now needed to be looked at as a matter of urgency.

“There have been a number of road deaths in and around the Bogside over the years and I hope now that Roads Service will see the need to install traffic lights in what is a really busy area,” he said.

Sinn Fein Councillor for the area, Patricia Logue, also extended her sympathy to the Duffy family and called for alternative traffic calming measures at what she said was a dangerous area for motorists and pedestrians.

She said: “This is a very unfortunate accident and I can only imagine the devastation and heartbreak of the family and friends of the woman who has died. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the community go out to them at this difficult time.”

Colr. Logue continued: “I’ve continuously raised concerns about this crossing in recent years and everyone familiar with the area would agree that traffic lights are the only solution to what has become a very dangerous spot.

“All possible measures should now be put in place to make sure that something like this never happens again. It’s unfortunate that it came to the point where life has been lost and we are all thinking about the family who received this terrible news.”

Foyle MLA Martina Anderson added: “This is tragic for the woman who was killed and for the driver. It’s a heartbreaking time for all the families involved and we extend our deepest sympathies to them at this time.”

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.