Friday 15 December 2017

Motorist dies after collision with horse

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A talented musician was killed when a horse bolted in front of his car.

Val Bible (42) died in hospital from injuries he sustained in the accident early yesterday.

Gardai believe Mr Bible's car collided with a horse that was on the road at Ballyduff East, close to Kilmeaden, Co Waterford.

A spokesperson said gardai were still probing the circumstances of how the horse came to be on the N25 Cork to Waterford Road. However, it appears the animal may have broken out of a nearby field.

The owner of the horse could face prosecution over the tragedy. Under legislation, the owner of a horse is liable for injury or damage caused by the animal to people or property.

The incident happened just before 2am in an area about five miles from Waterford city.

Emergency services were called to the scene and Mr Bible was rushed to Waterford Regional Hospital where he later died. The horse died at the scene.

The route was closed for a number of hours. Garda forensic experts carried out a technical examination of the scene in the aftermath of the incident.

Mr Bible is from a well-known family of musicians in Waterford and regularly played gigs in the city.

Gardai in Tramore are appealing to witnesses to contact them on 051 391620 or call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 11.

Meanwhile, in a separate accident a few miles up the road on the N25, a 27-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after she lost control of the car she was driving near Glenmore, Co Kilkenny. She remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The latest tragedy brings to 63 the number of people who have died on our roads this year.

Irish Independent

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