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Thursday 24 August 2017

Son at wheel of car that killed pensioner

Georgina O'Halloran

A PENSIONER died after his bicycle was stuck by a car driven by his son in a "tragic and freak accident", an inquest has heard.

Emmanuel 'Manzor' Thackaberry (70), of Nurney Bog, Kildoon, Co Kildare, died at Tallaght Hospital on July 7, 2010, more than two weeks after he was struck by a car driven by his son Micheal Thackaberry at Walterstown Crossroads, Nurney, Co Kildare.

Dublin County Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty described the incident as "an awful experience" for the family.

A daughter of the deceased man, Rose Thackaberry, who was a passenger in the car, had spotted her father when the tragedy occurred on June 20, 2010.

"It looked like he was going to stop . . . I could just see the car hit the back wheel of his bike and then I saw his face on the windscreen," said Ms Thackaberry.

Family members had left a birthday celebration in Nurney a short time earlier.

Garda sergeant Donal Prendergast, who examined the scene said Mr Thackaberry was wearing special shoes which were locked into the pedals of the racing bike, which he believed to be a contributory factor in the collision.

The presence of hedgerow also restricted the view of the cyclist to his right and the view of the driver, the inquest heard.

They "had less than a one second view of each other".

Mr Thackaberry was not wearing a cycling helmet.

A jury returned a verdict of accidental death and recommended the cutting of the hedgerow. It has since been cut.

Irish Independent

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