Friday 20 April 2018

Charges being sought over boy killed in pony trap crash

Sean David Doyle (inset) and Dublin's Coroner's Court
Sean David Doyle (inset) and Dublin's Coroner's Court

Louise Roseingrave

A criminal prosecution is being sought over the death of a 12-year-old boy who was killed when the pony trap he was travelling on collided with a truck.

Sean David Doyle, of Melrose Avenue, Clondalkin, suffered a traumatic brain injury following the collision last February.

He was due to make his Confirmation less than two months later.

An inquest at Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday heard that gardai are seeking a criminal prosecution in relation to Sean's death.

He died last February 26 following an incident at St Cuthbert's Road in Clondalkin at around 1.40pm.

He was one of three friends travelling on the pony and trap. The other two boys escaped unharmed.

Sean's grandfather, Joseph Doyle, gave evidence of how he identified his body at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

Insp Paul Costello, of Clondalkin Garda Station, told Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane that he was seeking a six-month adjournment of the inquest to allow for a garda file to be completed and submitted to the DPP.

"We will be asking the DPP to consider a criminal prosecution directly in relation to this matter," Insp Costello said.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Michael McDermott found Sean died due to extensive cerebral damage.

He was a pupil at Scoil Talbot primary school in Bawnogue.

Sean loved horses and riding on the pony and trap with friends. The horse pulling the trap involved in the collision belonged to a friend.


Sean's parents, Stacey and David, were not present in court.

Dr Cullinane extended her sympathies to the boy's grandparents and adjourned the inquest for further mention until December 15.

It is believed Sean was killed instantly when he rolled underneath the truck following the impact.

He lived with his mother and an older brother and younger sister.

Friends and neighbours of the family described Sean as "a wonderful child who loved horses".

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