By David Rankin
ONE of Northern Ireland’s leading motorcyclists has been killed in a collision with a car.
Ricky McCready, 27, died during a charity biking event in Garvagh. The accident happened at about 2pm on Sunday on the Limavady Road in the town. Another rider was injured and taken to hospital.
McCready was a regular competitor in the North West 200 races.
North West 200 Clerk of Course Mervyn White described his death as "very very sad news".
"It is particularly sad given that it happened at a charity event where he was trying to raise money for our competitors and the sport itself," he said.
"Ricky was an excellent competitor, a quiet likeable guy who came to the races and went away and caused no problems.
"He took part in the North West 200 this year in the production race and he had finished in the top 20.
"I think he had it all ahead of him, he had started off at the bottom and was working his way up.
"Motorcycle racing is a dangerous sport, we have had our injuries and our fatalities, but for this to happen away from the sport makes it all the more sad."
Mr McCready is the second motorcyclist to die off the track in the past week.
Reigning British Superbike champion Steven Hislop was killed in a helicopter crash near the Scottish Borders last Wednesday.
Following the collision, the Limavady Road was closed to traffic between the town centre and the junction with the Boleran Road - the main road from Garvagh to Limavady.
Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them on 70344122.
In particular, they want to hear from the driver of a light blue coloured car, possibly a Peugeot 306, which stopped at the scene of the crash.
They also want to speak to a number ofmotorcyclists who were travelling in a cavalcade along the Limavady Road near Garvagh when the collision occurred, and who have not
yet been in touch with the police.