TRIBUTES have been paid to a Moy man described as the “happiest man alive” after he was killed in a horror crash in Australia.
Ryan Nugent, 28, was a passenger in a white BMW car which smashed into a stationary tow truck in Botany, a suburb of Sydney, late on Thursday night.
The former Integrated College Dungannon student tragically died on impact.
New South Wales (NSW) Police said the truck had been stopped at traffic lights when the collision occurred. The lorry driver was not injured.
“Sadly, the passenger has died as a result of what is a very sad and tragic event on our roads,” NSW Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said.
Police said the BMW hit another car at a junction about two miles away from where the fatal crash happened, around five minutes prior.
The driver of the BMW, 27-year-old James Drummond, was trapped for 40 minutes and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
SDLP Mid-Ulster councillor Denise Mullen, who lives in Moy and knows the family, said the village was “stunned” by Mr Nugent's death.
“Ryan's mother used to own a dry cleaners in the village. The family emigrated to Australia a number of years ago.”
Integrated College Dungannon in a statement said: “Our college community was saddened to learn of the death of our former student, Ryan Nugent. Ryan joined ICD, from St John’s Primary, Moy, in September 2002 and studied at ICD until 2008. Ryan will be remembered during the College prayer today, Tuesday.”
Tributes have also been poured out to the Tyrone man on social media, with one friend stating: “Ryan Nugent you were a great guy and enjoyed life to the full.
“Rest easy and look over your Mum & Dad, Shannon, Callum and wee Matthew G.B.N.F.”
Police have confirmed the BMW will now be forensically examined and the driver, Mr Drummond has been charged with four offences following the crash that caused Ryan's death.