Community in shock after death of ‘gentleman’

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Friday, August 25th, 2017
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A 78-year-old man who died in a collision near his home in Newcastle has been described as ‘a gentleman, who was liked by everyone’.

Geoffrey Cartwright died after being struck by a car as he walked along Newcastle’s South Promenade on Thursday night.



Mournes Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke said, “I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased following this tragic incident.

“The local community has been left in shock by this news. Geoff was a gentleman, who was liked by everyone.



He continued, “I have known him all my life and it is truly heartbreaking to comprehend this news.”

“I would like to commend the emergency services who attended the scene and fought to save Geoff’s life.



Cllr Clarke added, “I am aware that they worked tremendously hard to help Geoff, after he received extensive injuries in the accident. Unfortunately due to the severity of his injuries these efforts could not save his life.”

A PSNI spokeswoman said, “A male pedestrian has died following a one-vehicle road traffic collision, which occurred on South Promenade in Newcastle, Co. Down shortly before 11pm last night (Thursday, 24th August).”



“Police in Downpatrick are appealing for witnesses to contact them by calling 101, quoting reference 1530 of 24/08/17. Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111,” she added.

An 18-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and dangerous driving causing death. He has been released on bail.



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