Monday 17 December 2018

Cyclist killed as road death toll rises to 92

The crumpled
bicycle (above)
at the scene of
the accident in
which a cyclist
was killed
yesterday
The crumpled bicycle (above) at the scene of the accident in which a cyclist was killed yesterday

Fiach Kelly and Jason O'Brien

A WOMAN cyclist was killed after the bike she was riding was involved in an accident with a recycling truck yesterday.

The 52-year-old woman died in the accident shortly before midday at the corner of the Nephin and Navan roads, outside Cabra garda station in north Dublin.

Earlier, further details emerged of a family holiday that turned into a nightmare for two French parents after a horror smash killed their 12-year-old girl and left their 10-year-old daughter in a critical condition.

The Toyota Avensis which the family had rented was involved in a head-on collision with a jeep at 5pm on Tuesday evening.

Crash

The crash happened at Old Head, about a mile outside Louisburgh, in Co Mayo, on a route to a beach. The girl was named as Pauline Kahn, a native of Paris.

The two deaths bring the total number of fatalities on Irish roads to 92 this year -- 16 fewer than the same time last year.

All three survivors remained in Mayo General Hospital last night, where the girl's condition was described as critical, while her parents were in a comfortable condition.

The 12-year-old girl was also rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.

It is expected that an inquest will be conducted by the coroner for Mayo south, John O'Dwyer, before the remains are repatriated.

The other vehicle involved, a jeep towing a cattle trailer, is understood to have been driven by a local farmer. His son was also in the vehicle at the time.

"You hear about it so much these days but it is still tragic," local councillor Margaret Adams said. "It is particularly bad when someone is away from home."

Meanwhile, five people were hospitalised yesterday after a multi-vehicle crash in Cork.

The three-car collision occurred on the Western Road shortly before 3pm.

None of the injuries involved were described as life-threatening.

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