Wednesday 7 December 2016

Young cyclist (11) killed in morning collision with car

Conor Feehan and Cian Murray

Published 01/09/2016 | 11:11

Tim Ross
Tim Ross
Gardai at the R446 Moate to Horseleap road where an 11 year old boy lost his life this morning. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Gardai at the R446 Moate to Horseleap road where an 11 year old boy lost his life this morning. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

An 11-year-old cyclist has died following a collision with a car on Thursday morning.

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Tim Ross died following the incident at 9.15am on the Old Dublin to Galway Road at Marshbrook, Co Offaly.

The child was involved in a collision with a car and was pronounced dead at the scene, gardai confirmed.

The body remains at the scene which has been preserved and diversions are in place.

It is understood the boy was cycling from his home in Moate to his school across the border into Offaly when the accident happened.

The road is wide in the area and details have yet to emerge about how the car and bicycle collided.

Gardai at the R446 Moate to Horseleap road where an 11 year old boy lost his life this morning. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Gardai at the R446 Moate to Horseleap road where an 11 year old boy lost his life this morning. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Local sources say the boy is from a well known and respected family who are from Westmeath.

Tom Allen, a Fianna Fáil Councillor from the area, said: "I know the area well and there hasn't been an accident in that part of Westmeath for a few years.

Gardai at the R446 Moate to Horseleap road where an 11 year old boy lost his life this morning. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Gardai at the R446 Moate to Horseleap road where an 11 year old boy lost his life this morning. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

"Being from Moate, my sympathy goes to both families, both the boy and the driver.

"The accident happened near a filling station, which would be on the old Moate to Kilbeggan Road near Marshbrook. There is a turn on the big roundabout there where you can go towards Tober and Clara."

Scene of fatal accident in Co Offaly (Photo: Damien Eagers)
Scene of fatal accident in Co Offaly (Photo: Damien Eagers)

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Tullamore on 057-9327600, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a 13-year-old boy was knocked down while cycling on the Drogheda-Slane road on Sunday, August 21 at approximately 8.30pm.

Daniel Roche was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda where he was in a critical condition.

He passed away two days later.

Councillor for the area, Tommy Byrne described the road as "lethal".

"It's a very fast busy road," Mr Byrne told the Herald.

"It's lethal and there should be more measures put in place," he added.

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