'I knew he was gone' - dad's heartbreak after son died in Christmas Day scrambler bike crash
A teenager died early on Christmas Day when his scrambler bike was involved in a head-on collision.
Warren Kenny (16), of Croftwood Crescent, Ballyfermot, died when his Kinroad scrambler “bounced off” a more powerful Kawasaki dirt bike travelling at up to 77kmh.
There were around 40 vehicles in the area of Cherry Orchard when the collision happened, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.
The youth’s father, Darren Mulhall, told the court he had given his son €500 for Christmas.
“He bought the small blue bike a week before Christmas,” he said.
“I haven’t a clue where he got it. He was going to sell it the week after.”
At 7.55am on Christmas Day, 2015, the father answered a knock at the front door and was told his son had been in an accident.
“Warren was on the ground. I stayed with him until the ambulance came,” he said. “I knew he was gone.”
The accident happened at the junction of Cherry Orchard Avenue and Cherry Orchard Way.
Warren was travelling east along Cherry Orchard Way when the force of the collision threw him from his bike.
The other rider, Stephen Mooney, had turned the corner from Cherry Orchard Avenue at speed, the court heard.
His front wheel was raised off the ground as he performed a wheelie in the seconds before the crash.
He was travelling at between 59kmh and 77kmh in a 50kmph zone, said Gda Patrick McIlroy.
The court was told that Mr Mooney had bought his 250cc Kawasaki dirt bike for €1,100 two weeks before the accident.
“I saw a little blue bike coming from my left side,” he said in his deposition, which was read out in his absence.
“I didn’t see the driver. I didn’t see any lights. I got a fright. I woke up on the ground.”
Gda McIlroy said neither off-road bike had lights or a horn. Road conditions were wet and visibility was poor, the court heard.
“They collided in the centre of the road just after the junction,” said Gda McIlroy.
“The smaller bike bounced straight back off the Kawasaki bike, its momentum was instantly changed from one direction to another.”
Mr Mooney, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, was wearing a crash helmet. It is not clear if Warren was wearing one.
The bigger bike slid 46 metres before coming to a stop.
Public service vehicle inspector Gda David O’Brien said neither vehicle was designed for road use.
“These bikes are made for off-road conditions, such as grass, fields and wooded areas,” he said.
“Their tyres are like studs on a football boot. They should not have been anywhere near a road surface.”
Warren was rushed to St James’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of death was multiple injuries due to a road traffic collision.
The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.