A well-known vet has been killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a quad and car in Northern Ireland.
The collision occurred on the Irish Hill Road, Ballyclare, shortly after 8 pm on Friday, May 22nd, 2021.
The PSNI has named the deceased male as 69-year-old Wilson Kennedy from Ballyclare. He was killed when a black Seat Ibiza collided with a “farm cart/quad-type vehicle”.
Inspector Buchanan of the PSNI said:
“Sadly, Mr Kennedy, who was driving the farm cart/quad-type vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.”
“Shortly after 8 pm, it was reported that a black Seat Ibiza and a farm quad type vehicle were involved in the incident. Sadly, the man passed away at the scene. A female was also taken to hospital following the incident.”
“As our enquiries into this collision continue, I am appealing to anyone who witnessed what occurred or who may have dashcam footage or any other information to contact us on 101 quoting reference 1835 of 21/05/21.”
Police confirmed that the Irish Hill Road was closed for a period, but it has since re-opened.
Kennedy was one of the founders of Clare Vet Group.
In a brief statement on social media, a spokesperson for the veterinary practice said:
“It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of one of our beloved senior vets, Mr Wilson Kennedy.”
“Mr Kennedy was well known within the community and will be sorely missed by the practice, our clients, and animals that he faithfully served over the years.”
“We wish to express our sincerest condolences to Mrs Kennedy and his immediate family in this time of loss,” the spokesperson concluded.
Kennedy has been described as a “super vet” with a “wealth of knowledge”, who “understood the needs of each individual animal he treated”.
Others described him as a “decent person and a dedicated, particular vet” and a “true gentleman”.
Another said: “He taught me so much and guided me on my path as a vet. I’ll never forget that.”