Tragic carers remembered one year after horror crash

Lorraine Clyde
Lorraine Clyde

One year after a horror crash claimed the lives of two carers in Co Antrim, their loved ones have revealed how they helped secure improvements to the crash site for other drivers.

Michelle McStravick, 35, from Randalstown - who had a teenage daughter - died along with 56-year-old Lorraine Clyde, who was a mother-of-five from the Antrim area, following the incident on the Church Road near Randalstown shortly before 8am on July 25, 2016.

Michelle McStravick

Michelle McStravick

Ms McStravick had been a popular fitness competitor, winning trophies for body-building. Meanwhile Mrs Clyde, had been well-known in Antrim as a patrol lady for St Comgall’s Primary School in Antrim.

The pair had been travelling in a grey-coloured Citroen C1 car which was in collision with a silver-coloured Ford Focus at the Moneyrod Road junction.

A man and woman travelling in the second car sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Since the collision William Clyde - Lorraine's husband - said he has worked to "clear" the scene of the crash in a bid "to prevent others from being injured".

The scene of the crash one year on

The scene of the crash one year on

Mr Clyde said: "This has been a hard year for us all. I just want people to remember how lovely and caring Lorraine was. She always put family first but would always make time for people. I miss her so much."

Robert McStravick - Michelle's brother - said his family are "glad" about the improvements made to the Church road.

He said it was "awful" that it took two deaths to help ensure changes "to make the road safer".

"I know that nothing will bring them back," he added.

A Department for Infrastructure spokesperson said: "Department for Infrastructure staff liaised with the PSNI and a representative of the families following the tragic fatal collision on Church Road Randalstown in July 2016.

"Subsequently a number of measures were introduced to help improve driver awareness on the approaches to the junction, including the provision of red warning patches and SLOW markings on the road surface and enhanced direction signage at the junction.

"The junction has also been listed for development of a capital improvement scheme that could be considered for inclusion in future works programme.”

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