first_imgThe scene of the horror crash last year which claimed of the life of ‘Donegal Patsy’ McCroaryA motorist has been charged with drink driving that led to the death of a well-loved Donegal native in the North last year.62-year-old Patsy McCroary – popularly known as ‘Donegal Patsy’ – was a front seat passenger in a blue coloured Toyota Avensis car. It was  was involved in a head-on collision with a black Suzuki Vitari jeep between Sion Mills and Victoria Bridge, Co Tyrone on January 8, 2015.Driving the Avensis was Mr McCroary’s son Padraig while his wife and daughter were also passengers in the vehicle.It was confirmed at Strabane Magistrates Court  that Paul Nicholl, a 49-year-old man from the Carnkenny Road in Newtownstewart, has now been charged in relation to the tragedy.He is accused of causing Mr McCroary’s death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.Nicholl is further charged with causing grievous bodily injury to Mr McCroary’s wife, Geraldine and his son and daughter, Padraig and Samantha, through careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.The accused was not in court on Thursday and barrister Stephen Mooney applied for a three week adjournment.The case will be heard again on May 7, again at Strabane Magistrates Court.An avid GAA fan, Patsy McCroary was known affectionately by the nickname ‘Donegal Patsy’ because of his passion for his native team.He had been living in Castlederg but originally hailed from Upper Art, Castlefin.Following his death, some of Donegal’s most senior GAA figures paid their own personal tributes.An avid GAA fan, Patsy McCroary was known in many footballing circles as ‘Donegal Patsy’ because of his love for his native team.Days before the horror smash, he attended the Dr McKenna Cup game between Donegal and Tyrone in Letterkenny.Paying tribute at the time, well known Donegal GAA figure Dessie Kelly said Mr McCroary would be sorely missed.“He was Donegal’s number one supporter, as far as I’m concerned,” Mr Kelly said.“If Donegal were playing in New York, Patsy would have been there. He never missed a match and took great joy any time they won.“He was a season ticket holder and a proud Donegal GAA man.”MAN CHARGED WITH DRINK-DRIVE DEATH OF POPULAR ‘DONEGAL PATSY’ MCROARY was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MAN CHARGED WITH DRINK-DRIVE DEATH OF POPULAR ‘DONEGAL PATSY’PATSY MCCROARY.PAUL NICHOLLSTRABANE MAGISTRATES’ COURTlast_img read more