Fireman dispatched to scene of collision where nephew died
A TEENAGER who died when his quad bike was in collision with a tractor was attended to by his uncle who works in the emergency services.
Kenneth Ryan, (17), from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, was travelling on a quad when it was in collision with a tractor and hedge cutting machinery. He sustained head injuries and died at the scene.
In a tragic twist, Kenneth's uncle, a fireman with Limerick County Fire Service, was dispatched to the scene as part of the emergency service response.
It was only when he arrived at the scene that he realised the victim was his nephew.
"He was at the scene. It's very tragic," a Garda source added.
Gardai said the collision occurred around 1.45pm on a sharp bend on the R507, about three miles from Oola on the road to Doon.
"He sustained severe head injuries. He wasn't wearing a helmet. His family attended the scene," said Detective Inspector Brian Sugrue from Bruff gardai.
Gardai believe the victim was with friends. DI Sugrue added: "They were in a different car and had nothing to do with it as far as we can see. There were friends of his there at the time of the collision and are witnesses."
He called on people not to take any type of quad onto public roads, stating: "They're very dangerous and they are not suitable for roads. They are also capable of tremendous speed and they don't have the safety features other vehicles would have. They are farm machinery that should not be used as recreational vehicles on roads."
John Dillon, former president of the Irish Farmers Association from Pallasgreen, Limerick, and who knows the Ryans, said everyone is saddened by his death. He extended his condolences to the family.