Friday 18 August 2017

Appeal for witnesses as cyclist killed and driver injured in horror crash at city blackspot

The damaged car is examined by investigators after the crash on Conyngham Road
The damaged car is examined by investigators after the crash on Conyngham Road

Gavin White

A cyclist has died after he was struck by a car in Dublin city centre.

The fatal collision took place on Conyngham Road, Islandbridge, Dublin 8, close to the Phoenix Park, at approximately 2.15pm yesterday.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was rushed by paramedics to the nearby St James's Hospital after the crash but died a short time later.

The female driver received minor injures in the collision.

The scene was closed last night to facilitate a forensic investigation by gardai.

Gardai in Kilmainham are investigating and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 01 666 9700.

Dangerous

Fr John Collins, of the nearby St James's Church, said the collision occurred close to a busy traffic intersection.

"It's known as a dangerous spot and the intersection is known as a busy location," he said. "There has always been an issue coming from Conyngham Road which is wide and it narrows as comes up to Islandbridge. It is well known as an accident hotspot."

Separately, in Cork a man lost his life in a fatal collision yesterday morning.

Gardai were called to the scene of a single vehicle traffic collision at approximately 9.45am on Sunday monring.

The incident occurred at Ballinwillin Strand in Co Cork.

The sole occupant of the car - a man in his 40s - was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem is expected to take place at some stage today.

The scene of the collision was preserved for forensic examination by gardai.

Gardai in Midleton are investigating. They have asked for any witnesses or people who were travelling on the road at the time to contact them on 021 462 1550.

The latest road deaths come less than a month after families of road death victims held a vigil in memory of their loved ones.

Members of the Irish Road Victims Association placed photographs of dozens of people who've died on Irish roads at the gates of Leinster House.

They were later joined by hundreds of bike users from the Dublin Cycling campaign, who want 10pc of the Government's transport budget allocated to cycling infrastructure.

Herald

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