Saturday 20 January 2018

Man claims he sustained brain injury after being thrown from bike due to pothole

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Tim Healy

A MAN who claims he sustained a brain injury when he was thrown from his bicycle after allegedly hitting a pothole as sued his local council.

Nathan King (21) was a 16-year-old Leaving Cert student when he was cycling home from hurling training on the outskirts of Galway city at around 9.30pm on March 20, 2012.

He says "he hit something" and the next thing he remembered was waking up in hospital.

He accepts he was not wearing a cycling helmet and did not have a light on his bike.

Mr King, Baile an Choiste, Castlegar, Co Galway, has sued Galway County Council as a result of the accident on the Parkmore Hill heading towards the Tuam-Galway Road.

He claimed he was propelled over the handlebars of his racer bike and his head impacted with the ground. The bike allegedly hit a recessed manhole with potholes around it.

He suffered a brain hemorrhage and a fracture to his thumb in the accident. He was also in a coma afterwards and spent   several weeks in hospital after the accident.

He has claimed there was an alleged failure to have any form of preventative measure in place to prevent someone from hitting the uncovered surface.

Galway County Council  has denied the claims and says he was cycling with excessive speed  downhill, and failed to see where he was cycling and failed to wear a protective helmet .

It is alleged Mr King was the author of his own misfortune  and allegedly cycled with his hurley  across the handlebars.

Cross examined by Noel McCarthy SC, for the council, Mr King said he did not have a cycle helmet because at time of night he knew the roads were very quiet.

He said he cycled home in his hurling gear and would have taped his Hurley to the cross bar with tape.He agreed there was a cycle path and he had used it going up the hill.

The case before Mr Justice Anthony  Barr continues.

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