Sunday 17 December 2017

'I often felt scared of the buses' - victim left paralysed in hit-and-run

Aline Barros was knocked off her bicycle in an accident in July 2008. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Aline Barros was knocked off her bicycle in an accident in July 2008. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Ian Begley

A woman left paralysed after a hit-and-run whilst cycling to work is fully supportive of introducing fines and penalty points for motorists who drive too close to cyclists.

Aline Barros was knocked off her bicycle in an accident in July 2008.

The Brazilian suffered life-changing injuries, is paralysed from the legs down and suffers severe pains in her spine.

As a result of the accident, she now requires a wheelchair.

"I think this is a very good idea because motorists need to respect the cycling lane. They drive much too close and never give the cyclist any room to manoeuvre.

"Before my accident I often felt scared of the many buses on Dame Street, but I never had much of an issue with cars. I think bus drivers really need to have more respect for cyclists.

Mr Fox’s daughter Donna (pictured) died in 2016.
Mr Fox’s daughter Donna (pictured) died in 2016.

"We all have to share the road at the end of the day."

Ms Barros, who was hit by a truck on Kevin Street, added she was in good spirits and had a new lease of life since her accident.

Meanwhile, the father of a young Dublin cyclist killed by a truck on her way to work says he does not agree with the new proposal.

Peter Fox said the real problem for cyclists was that the roads simply were not wide enough.

"I don't agree with what they are proposing at all. Many roads across Ireland, especially the old ones, aren't wide enough for both motorists and cyclists to use," he told the Irish Independent.

Mr Fox's daughter Donna (30) died in 2016. She she was on her way to work in Meagher's Pharmacy, near the Grand Canal Basin, when the tragedy happened in the North Dock/East Wall area.

Irish Independent

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