Coroner says ‘warnings need to be heeded’

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An horrific fireball vehicle crash, in which two friends were killed near Kilrea, starkly shows how drink-drive advertising campaign warnings need to be heeded, Northern Ireland’s Senior Coroner John Leckey said on Friday.

An inquest in Antrim heard how Christopher O’Neill and pal Declan McKenna both died after a BMW car collided with a tree and burst into flames on the Agivey Road in the early hours of July 6 last year.

It was described by those who had to recover the bodies of the two young men as one of the most horrific car crashes they had ever attended.


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