Farmer suffocated to death after quad bike overturned in field
'There is a lesson to be learned in the use of quad bikes on farms'
An 81-year-old farmer from Rhode suffocated to death when his quad overturned, an inquest in Tullamore concluded this week.
The inquest was told that the victim Jody (Joseph) Nolan, Coole, Rhode, was in very good health at the time of his accidental death in April.
Offaly County Coroner Brian Mahon and a jury heard Dan Reid, a nephew of the deceased, give evidence of finding Mr Nolan under a quad bike.
Mr Reid said he had land beside the deceased and on April 5 last he rang him at 7.30pm and got no answer.
Mr Reid said he rang his own mother at 7.45pm and she had not been speaking to him either.
He went to Mr Nolan's residence at about 8.30pm and saw that the back door was locked. The door of the quad bike shed was open and Mr Nolan's jeep was parked.
The witness said he got the keys for the jeep from where they were usually kept and drove down the field, noticing a quad upside-down when he got out to open a gate.
Jody was under the quad and he lifted it off him and laid the man out.