The tragic death of a 22-year-old man on the M1 motorway on Saturday night has evoked widespread grief and sorrow in Beragh and surrounding areas, with emotional scenes expected at this Friday morning’s funeral.
Police confirmed on Sunday that Darryl Thompson, from Kilcam Road, had died following a fatal road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian on the M1 motorway the previous night.
They issued an appeal to anyone who was travelling on the M1 motorway that night at approximately 10.20pm and witnessed this incident which occurred between junction 14 and junction 15 near Tamnamore to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference number 1477 10/11/18. There were road closures where the accident happened for a period on Sunday.
It's the third tragedy to hit his family in recent years. In July 2006 Mr Thompson’s father, Tony, was killed at the age of 38 in a crash with a lorry on the Mulvin Road close to Newtownstewart. Fellow motorcyclist, Colin Thornton, also died in the collision. His uncle, Dermot Loughran, also died in a motorbike accident in 2009.
The young man’s remains arrived home in Beragh, on Tuesday afternoon. Requiem Mass will be held at 11am this Friday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Beragh. He will be interred afterwards alongside his father at the graveyard in Trillick.
Mr Thompson is survived by his mother, Edwina, sister Katie, brother Jack, stepfather Keith Clarke, also Scott and Louise Clarke, and wider family circle. He was also predeceased by another uncle, Drew Hawkes, back in 2001, who sadly died suddenly from an aortic aneurysm.
Darryl's sister, Katie, described her late brother as 'the life and soul of their entire family'.
"He wasn't just my brother, he was my first friend and my best friend. He was always so happy and nothing was a problem. He always lived life to the full and was loved and loved so many. He was the life and soul of our entire family. We are heartbroken," she said.
She also wrote on her Facebook page: “Now you’re flying high with Daddy, Darryl Thompson. I will love and cherish our brother/sister memories forever and ever.”
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