Saturday 23 September 2017

Investigations under way after cyclist killed by bus

The scene of a fatal accident at Oaklands, on the Campile to New Ross Road, in Co Wexford. One
man, travelling in the yellow car, lost his life in the two-car crash early Saturday morning
The scene of a fatal accident at Oaklands, on the Campile to New Ross Road, in Co Wexford. One man, travelling in the yellow car, lost his life in the two-car crash early Saturday morning

TWO separate investigations have been launched into the death of a 67-year-old cyclist who was struck by a bus early yesterday morning.

The man was seriously injured after being hit by a Dublin bus on Fitzwilliam Square East at around 1am. He was taken to St James's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardai at Pearse Street are investigating the circumstances of the crash, while Dublin Bus will conduct an internal investigation.

A spokeswoman for Dublin Bus said: "At this stage, it is important for the investigation to take its course. We can't tell how long that will take.

"We will have to follow the normal procedure. We will have to look at the CCTV from the bus and talk to the driver."

This is the first death involving Dublin Bus in over a year. In May 2007, 10-year-old school-boy Padraig McGillivray died when he was struck by a double-decker bus on the Fassaugh Road, Cabra.

The popular Gaelscoil Barra student was cycling to training at his local GAA club when he was knocked down. He died hours later at Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Separately, two women in their 20s were brought to hospital in Galway yesterday after a road collision at Ardskeagh Beg near the village of Corofin in Co Galway.

Gardai said one of the women was "very seriously" injured.

Meanwhile, the man killed in a two-car crash in Co Wexford in the early hours of Saturday morning was last night named as Adam Fenlon, of Rosbercon, New Ross, Co Wexford.

The accident occurred at around 12.40 on Saturday morning on the Campile/New Ross road. The 22-year-old was a passenger in one of the vehicles and was pronounced dead on arrival at Wexford General Hospital.

Three other people injured in the two-car accident were also taken to Wexford General Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. All three were discharged on Saturday morning.

A fourth injured person was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital with injuries said to be minor.

Terrible

Adam Fenlon is the only child of Carmel Fenlon. Neighbour and local councillor Sean Connick said: "It is a terrible thing to lose a young life. He came from a very well respected family in the town, especially in business circles.

"I expect there will be a massive turn out for the funeral. It is a terrible tragedy," Mr Connick added.

Adam will be removed from his grandparents home to-day to St Mary's & Michael Church, New Ross, at 1.30pm Funeral Mass at 2pm.

Interment will take place in St Stephen's Cemetery, Irishtown, New Ross after Mass.

The weekend's deaths bring to 142 the number of deaths on Irish roads this year, which is slightly less than for the same period last year.

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