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Inquest delayed as school crash suspect in court

An inquest into the deaths of two schoolboys in a road crash was adjourned after a garda inspector said a person was facing charges.

Dublin County Coroner's Court was told that students Richard Kearney (17) and Jamie Rafferty (17), Leaving Cert pupils at Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan, died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident on April 25 last.

Inspector Pat O'Sullivan, requested that the inquest be adjourned because a person had been charged in relation to the incident and was presently before the courts.

Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty noted that evidence was given to the inquest on July 28 that Richard, of Foxborough Estate, and Jamie, of Larkfield Estate, both died from injuries in the accident.

In a separate inquest, the Coroner's Court heard that a motorcyclist killed in a collision was "imprudent" in attempting to overtake a vehicle at a junction.

Garda Anthony Kerry, who examined the scene of a crash between a 1100cc CBR Honda motorbike and a 4X4 Hyundai Santa Fe in Finglas on June 27 last, said that the speed of the bike caused of the collision.

The crash at the junction of Cardiffsbridge Road and Abbotstown Avenue claimed the life of Karl Browne (24) of Cappagh Avenue, Finglas. His pillion passenger Ian O'Hare was seriously injured. The two riders were thrown 12m from the point of impact and hit a low wall.

Wayne Bradley told the inquest he knew the deceased and was riding a moped behind the Hyundai jeep when it slowed down to take a right turn. Mr Browne's bike passed him at speed, hit the Hyundai and the two riders "shot over the jeep like rockets".

The driver of the vehicle, Brendan McElroy of Mellows Avenue, Finglas, said he did not see any motorbike behind him.

Another motorcyclist, Sean Byrne, told gardai Mr Browne earlier drove by him at such speed that he got a fright.

A post-mortem found that Mr Browne died of severe head injuries. Analysis of fluid taken from his eye revealed that it contained 87mg of alcohol and his urine tested positive for cocaine. The jury returned a verdict of misadventure.

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