Friday 15 December 2017

Fatal trike crash man was 'over drink limit'

Georgina O'Halloran

A FATHER of one killed when his motorised tricycle crashed while on the wrong side of the road was significantly over the drink-driving limit, an inquest heard yesterday.

Chamy Bennedjai Zou (34), who was originally from France but had lived in Dublin for some years, sustained severe head injuries in the collision with a taxi in the early hours of June 26 last year.

Mr Zou was travelling in the bus lane on the wrong side of the road and had narrowly avoided a crash moments earlier.

Dublin City Coroner's Court heard evidence Mr Zou was travelling erratically and at speed prior to the collision in Donnybrook village and was "weaving in and out of traffic".

Speaking after the inquest, Rosemary Ollivrin said her partner was a helpful, kind and good-humoured man and described his death as a tragedy.


Mr Zou, of Belville Court, Johnston Road, Cabinteely, Dublin, died at Beaumont Hospital on July 6. He had one daughter.

There were "a number of very significant risk factors", including the fact he was on the wrong side of the road and had a high level of alcohol in his system, coroner Dr Brian Farrell said.

A screening at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin found Mr Zou had a level of 315mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.

The legal limit for driving is 80mg per 100ml of blood.

Mr Zou's helmet, which appeared not to have been secured properly and came off, was another risk factor, the coroner said.

A jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure under the direction of the coroner to take account of the risk factors.

Francis Cully, the taxi driver who was involved in the collision, said yesterday he was "shocked" by what happened.

"As I went into the bend I saw one headlight coming directly at me. . . I immediately braked hard," he said.

"There was no way for me to avoid this. It happened so fast."

Irish Independent

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