Street death: Three arrested.
THREE men have been arrested in connection with the death of a teenager in a hit-and-run incident.
Gary Whittley, 19, was struck on the Donegall Road, South Belfast, in the early hours of yesterday as he walked home with pals.
Mr Whittley, from the nearby Sandy Row area, was taken to the City Hospital where he died a short time later.
Police said a burned out Rover 600 found in the Lower Ormeau area may be linked to the smash.
PSNI Inspector James Ellson said: "I would appeal to anybody who has seen such a car on the Donegall Road, in the Lower Crescent area or Cooke Street to contact police.
"I sympathise greatly with his family and call on those who know anything about the circumstances of this crime to contact the PSNI immediately
"We have a team of detectives specifically to look into this case and we are confident that we will bring someone to justice."
Police are studying CCTV footage taken from the scene at around 2am.
Detectives believe a second car "took evasive action to avoid the accident" and want the driver to come forward.
It is believed the car involved in the incident had a broken headlight.
SDLP South Belfast assembly member Carmel Hanna was "appalled" by the death which she said is "almost certainly a car crime".
Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey said the tragedy was another unfortunate example of the growing death toll on the roads.
He added: "It doesn't matter what community this man came from, this is a terrible shock."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 5, 2005|
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