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PROBE: Gardai at the scene near Clane, Co Kildare

PROBE: Gardai at the scene near Clane, Co Kildare

PROBE: Gardai at the scene near Clane, Co Kildare

A YOUNG man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a pensioner was knocked from his bicycle and killed.

The victim, who was in his 80s, was cycling along the Dublin Road just outside Clane, Co Kildare, at about 2pm yesterday.

It is understood that he suffered devastating injuries after being struck by a car. The man was rushed to Naas General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the car, who is in his 20s, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving.

He was brought to Naas Garda Station where he was questioned for four hours before being released without charge.

"A file will now be prepared for the DPP," said a gardai spokesperson, who added that the investigation was ongoing.

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The road remained sealed off for most of yesterday afternoon as garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.

The bicycle belonging to the elderly cyclist killed in a collision remained lying on the grass verge.

A red Fiat car with a black bonnet and some damage to its front remained parked at the scene beside an 80kph speed limit sign.

Customers at a local filling station said the identity of the victim, aged in his 80s, was not yet known.

The results of the post-mortem examination are expected to be available later today.

Investigating gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Naas Garda Station on 045-884300, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any garda station.

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