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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Garda appeal for witnesses after cyclist (19) killed in road collision

The incident occurred on Barley Hill, west of Rosscarbery in Cork
The incident occurred on Barley Hill, west of Rosscarbery in Cork

Ralph Riegel

A cyclist has died in a collision in west Cork.

The 19 year old man suffered fatal injuries in an accident on the N71 road between Rosscarbery and Connonagh at approximately 7.10pm last night.

The tragedy involved a collision between the bike and a passing car along a busy stretch of the main Cork to Bantry road.

The incident occurred at Barley Hill, just west of Rosscarbery.

Despite desperate efforts by paramedics to aid the young man at the scene, he had suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

A post-mortem will be carried out tomorrow morning.

He is understood to be from the west Cork area.

Gardaí closed the road and put diversions in place to allow for a detailed examination of the area by accident scene investigators.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area while the investigation is ongoing.

Gardai have also urged anyone who may witnessed the collision to contact them.

Weather conditions were described as cold but clear and are not thought to have been a factor in the tragedy.

The driver of the car, a man in his late sixties, was uninjured but was treated at the scene for shock.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone who was on that road between 6.30pm and 7.10pm this evening to contact them at Clonakilty Garda station on 023 8821570, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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