Thursday 23 November 2017

Two motorcyclists die in separate crashes

Lukasz Koniuszek who tragically died in a road traffic accident in Co Tipperary on Friday evening
Lukasz Koniuszek who tragically died in a road traffic accident in Co Tipperary on Friday evening

Sam Griffin and Caroline Crawford

GARDAÍ are investigating if a motorcyclist who died in a road crash hit a badger before losing control of his bike.

Polish native Lukasz Koniuszek (32) died in the incident which occurred on Friday night on the Nenagh bypass, Co Tipperary, at around 9.20pm.

Mr Koniuszek, who was recently married, was described by one local as a "motorbike fanatic". Emergency services attended the scene after the alarm was raised. However, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Limerick mortuary for a post-mortem.

Taff Jones, who operates a car wash and valet service in Nenagh, said Mr Koniuszek was living in the area and had been "a very good customer".

"I knew him through my business. He was always very pleasant and easy to get along with. He was very into fitness and incredibly passionate about biking. He won some awards in that area," he told the Irish Independent.

Garda sources confirmed a number of angles were being investigated, including if the motorcyclist collided with or swerved to avoid a badger on the road.

Elsewhere a 53-year-old German national, named as Werner Bruckmann, died when his motorbike collided with two cars at Listellick North, near Tralee, in Co Kerry, on Saturday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile gardaí have launched a separate investigation after two children were injured during a car rally in Tralee. A seven-year-old girl was taken to Cork University Hospital, while a two-year-old boy received treatment in Kerry General Hospital.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Elsewhere, a woman in her 60s is in a serious condition in hospital after a single vehicle crash on the M6 motorway. Three others sustained minor injuries.

Irish Independent

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