Man charged with causing death of Cookstown man Sean McElwee

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A lorry driver has appeared before a Court in Enniskillen charged with causing the death of a Cookstown man.

Albertas Daskevicius, from Ballykelly was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Sean McElwee on Saturday, the BBC has reported.

Mr McElwee, who was in his 40s, was driving a van at Melmont Road, between Strabane and Sion Mills, when he was involved in the fatal crash.

The lorry driver accused of causing the collision also faces a number of other charges, including driving without insurance and without a tachograph.

Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court was told that 49-year-old Mr Daskevicius, from Bawncourt in Ballykelly, admitted to police that the collision was his fault.

A police officer said he had pulled out to pass a lorry that was slowing down to turn left when he crossed the white line into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The court heard that he had not consumed alcohol, and there was no evidence the accused was speeding or using a mobile telephone at the time.

Mr Daskevicius is currently unemployed but had agreed to buy the lorry and had made a payment of £2,000 in an effort to secure work.

He was released on bail on condition that he does not drive and surrenders his passport and identity documents. The lorry driver is due to appear at Strabane Magistrates’ Court on 14 May.