Saturday 22 October 2016

Girlfriend of man who died in motorcycle accident saw crash as she passed by in Luas

Louise Roseingrave

Published 13/04/2016 | 12:48

The crash scene on the Davitt Road in 2014
The crash scene on the Davitt Road in 2014

The girlfriend of a man who died in a motorcycle accident saw the the crash scene as she passed by the scene, an inquest has heard

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The girlfriend of Raymond Ring (38) of Dolphin House, Dublin 8, told Gardai she saw the crash as she passed on the Luas and went to the scene, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

Sergeant Fiona Clifford said Mr Ring was with his new girlfriend of just two weeks, Vanessa Breen just before the accident. He then went to view a motorcycle he was interested in buying.

He died shortly after the motorbike struck a car that was making a right turn from Davitt Road onto Kilworth Road in Crumlin on October 2 2014.

“She was with him just before the accident. She was aware he was going to look at a motorcycle. She left him and got on the Luas,” Sergeant Clifford said.

“And this new girlfriend just happens to be passing on the Luas and sees the accident?” Coroner Dr Brian Farrell asked.

“She believed he was involved,” Sergeant Clifford said.

Witness Danielle Short said the accident happened as the motorcycle attempted to overtake the car, which was making a right turn. She said she was 99% sure the car was not indicating right.

“The bike was going thing I heard a very loud bang. The bike literally flew and hit the wall,” she said. Ms Short phoned an ambulance at 3.55pm. 

Lena Jacob and her two children were passengers in the a car involved. The car struck a signal post after the impact. She said the driver, Benny Abraham had indicated right. She wept as she told how she thought she and her children might die. “In the blink of an eye I saw a motorbike hit the car. There was a big bang, the car was shaking badly,” she said. Mr Ring was rushed to St James’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5pm.

The cause of death was multiple injuries. Toxicology results showed he had a ‘toxic combination’ of methadone, alcohol and benzodiazepines in his system. He was slightly over the legal alcohol limit and a ‘potentially toxic’ level of methadone was noted.

Sgt Paul Kearney said the Suzuki motorbike, a 96 D reg was in reasonable condition but the rear brake had been damaged previously and ‘poorly repaired.’ Gardai were unable to trace the seller.

The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

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