Former Derrylaughan woman Bernie McNicholl killed in Cookstown crash

Flowers have been left at the scene of the crash in Cookstown which claimed the life of former Derrylaughan woman Bernie McNicholl.

The tragedy in the early of Sunday morning, the second in just over 24 hours, has sent shockwaves throughout the Mid Ulster community.

Mrs McNicholl [nee McCann] who lived in Moneymore, is believed to have struck a tree along the Moneymore Road.

On Saturday 23-year-old Jayne Burnside from Cookstown died after she was struck by a vehicle on Gortagammon Road, Tullyhogue on Saturday morning.

Mid Ulster councillor Malachy Quinn expressed his shock.

“Two families have been torn apart in the most devastating circumstances,” he said.

Road Traffic Collision - Moneymore Road - Cookstown.

Road Traffic Collision - Moneymore Road - Cookstown.

“On behalf of the entire Mid-Ulster team, I would like to express our sympathy, and our prayers are with the families as they come to terms with their loss.”

Mid Ulster MLA Sandra Overend expressed the sense of shock, which has enveloped the local community:

“I cannot begin to imagine the pain that is being felt by the families left behind by these two tragedies that took place on our local roads near Cookstown over the weekend; my thoughts and prayers are with them and the friends of the bereaved,” she said.

“The PSNI continue to carry out their investigations, and while there seems to be no obvious reason or pattern identified in these accidents, I would appeal for anyone that has any information to forward it to the police as soon as possible.

Road Traffic Collision - Moneymore Road - Cookstown.

Road Traffic Collision - Moneymore Road - Cookstown.

“The roads can be dangerous for all road users... let us all take extra care on the roads, no matter what mode of transport we use.”

Dozens of local people have left messages of sympathy on social media, while many others have expressed their shock.