Friends desperately tried to resuscitate 'true gent' Stephen after his motorbike collided with another
TRIBUTES have poured in for a young man who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident yesterday evening.
The man in his early 20s has since been named locally as Stephen Hyland, a motorcycle enthusiast that lived in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.
Gardai said two motorcyclists - both in their early 20s – collided on the Hartstown Road at approximately 6.50pm on Saturday.
It has now emerged that friends riding alongside Stephen desperately tried to resuscitate him before paramedics arrived.
He was then rushed to Connolly Hospital where he died a short time later. The second man was uninjured.
Friends of Stephen took to Facebook to express their condolences and memories of the young man, describing him as 'a true gent'.
One friend wrote: “I thought I'd never have to put up a status like this but I've been waiting for someone to tell me it's a dream and the sad news to hear that Stephen Hyland had passed away. Absolutely shocked that this had happened.
“Stephen you were one of the nicest people I have come across. You always had a smile on your face and never had a bad thing to say as a brother, son, godfather, and friend to everyone tat [sic] has known you.”
Another commenter said: “Absolutely in shock and heartbroken to hear of the passing of Stephen. A true gent... you were always popping into my last flower shop with lattes for me, or for a chat or to give my then puppy some cuddles...."
Corduff FC also posted a message on its Facebook page: "Everyone at Corduff FC wish to express our sympathies to the family of Stephen Hyland who was killed in a traffic collision yesterday evening.
"Stephen and his two brothers have played for Corduff FC on numerous occasions and teams over the years for this club and they have many friends here."
Fr Binoi Mathew of Blakestown church told Independent.ie that he witnessed the aftermath of the accident.
“I was doing an evening mass in Hartstown last evening when the accident happened. When I stepped outside I saw all of the commotion.
“I saw the ambulance and fire service trying to give CPR and resuscitate the young man next to the two bikes that collided.
“When I came back to the area after doing another mass I saw that the guards had cordoned off the area."
He added that he had offered prayers for the victim.
The Hartstown Road, at the Community College was closed in both directions for the Forensic Collision Investigators to carry out their investigations.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact them at Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 - 6667000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.